For those of you who have followed the blog for a while, I’m sure that you have read about my aspirations as a writer. I’ve been a big reader and collector of outdoor literature for a long time and I would like to leave my mark on this genre. Recently, “Rooty,” a story about my first birddog, a GSP, was published in the March/April issue of The Pointing Dog Journal, which was a thrilling experience.
I’ve sent numerous other stories to other magazines and have been shot down a few times. One prominent editor/outdoor writer (who I’m sure many of you would recognize his name and work) curtly replied that my writing is “not really [this magazine’s] level writing.” Needless to say, that stung a bit.
If you have followed the blog, you may also recall my use of the phrase “Roadside Revelations” to describe how we bird hunters sometimes miraculously find great secret coverts by observing birds right off the road. Well, I wrote a story about some of the very experiences from which this phrase sprung and submitted it to The Upland Almanac. I am happy to announce that this article will be published in the fall 2009 issue of The Upland Almanac. Keep your eye out for it!
Farley and I with two blues from Grouse Rock, a covert we discovered by a Roadside Revelation.
If there is any lesson to be learned from this post, it is that rejection is a big part of the writing process. Don’t let it get you down and don’t give up! Thanks again for all of your support!