i can’t believe I got a stupid B+ on my SciRev class. I was rocking that class. It was the stupid class participation (or lack there of honestly) that came back to bite me. To my professor:
I didn’t win the Unicorn Pegasus Kitten contest. They finally hinted at the winners a few days ago and the lack of email in my inbox alerted me to my rejection. I’m not going to use the “F” word here because I don’t feel like a failure. I suppose my punk rock friend’s words are still with me, thankfully.
Anyhoo, I’m not sure what rejection number to give this. I’m trying to think back and the only time I’ve ever tried to get published I did. I think. It was in high school and they had a contest sort of where this anthology of poetry by teenagers was getting made and my poem along with 2 of my friends, if I remember correctly, was chosen to be in the anthology. I have no idea, though, if this anthology was ever published. I’ll have to look that up. I might be a published writer already.
Ok, so aside from that one time, I’ve entered my screenplay in a few contests where the prize was not publication. Should those count? I’m not going to count them. I’m going to let it slide. I’ve decided to count this unicorn pegasus kitten as my first official rejection at publication. And in case you feel bad for me, don’t, I actually smiled when I typed that. I’ve got a few hundred rejections coming statistically speaking. I do wish, however, that I had an official letter of rejection I could tuck away. Perhaps when I get my own space I’ll print the image that started the contest. I’ll tack it up on my wall. I can hear Christopher Pike in my head, “I dare you to do better.”
This is what I wrote for the John Scalzi/Wil Wheaton Unicorn Pegasus Kitten painting contest. There’s a picture below for those who don’t know what I’m going on about. I think I took the whole thing too seriously, but I really wanted it to be original without being too out there, you know? I just tried really hard to make it original and entertaining. Winning? Bah, I hear the odds are about 350 to 1. 🙂