I’ve been rejected so many times that if I saw the full ten year plus number it would build a planet of “I’m sorry but this doesn’t work for us at this time,” and it would swallow me. The rejections come when you leave the tunnel, when you enter the buildings with all the screaming people. You just can’t let the rejections get to you, you can’t let them destroy what you created. A lot of the time editors are right. Listen to them. Work harder. Besides, getting your story published will result in a few minutes of joy and then you’ll just be back to the tunnel again. [I submitted for five years to] DIAGRAM, a journal I just recently got accepted into. I didn’t feel joy when I got accepted, just relief followed by emptiness.
Shane Jones, Tunnel: Fourteen Thoughts On Writing