It’s a slow start to the new year in terms of measurable publishing progress. So far three partials from agents on my MG HF have yielded uniform responses. I’m going to take a break from querying to do some more revision work.

With my flurry of journal submissions from the end of last year, I have at least received a semi-encouraging rejection from a journal that I much admire: “While we’re unable to accept Not All Hungry Ghosts Need Altars, we read this piece carefully and found so much to admire in your writing and in this story.  We hope you find it reassuring that your work made our shortlist.” Slightly.

As a full-time special needs coordinator, teacher, barber, editor, peer, technology manager, counselor, therapist, chef, jail warden, and peer for the kids, I may need to reevaluate my definition of success for the time being.