“You have to feel the editors are idiots or misconceived. We all do that. It’s wrong, but it’s a way of surviving. I try to teach young writers to say the same thing. You sit down at the typewriter again and do more work and try to get a body of work done so you can look at it and become your own teacher. If you do fifty-two stories it’s better than doing three, because you can’t judge anything from three stories. It’s very hard to write fifty-two stories in a row and have them all be bad. Almost impossible. The psychological benefits from my first sale, which I got no money for, had to last me for a year before I made my next sale. That year I sold two more stories and had a little extra residue of belief.”
-Ray Bradbury, Endangered Species: Writers Talk About Their Craft, Their Visions, Their Lives by Lawrence Grobel
Great news! My story “Hybrid Love” will be published in the next issue of Lies With Occasional Truth. This is an older story that I was thinking about retiring, but alas, was fond of so made some revisions last spring. I signed up for a writing class shortly after I had written this story, and immediately took a dislike to the teacher. He was a condescending braggart. He would give individual workshops instead of an open forum. Instead of withdrawing immediately, I decided to do a one-on-one with “Hybrid Love” the following week. Maybe my shit detector batteries were low. The next week I walked into the empty classroom and sat across from him. He said, ‘After reading your story, I actually wondered if you were crazy.’ He said this deadpan. I told him I wasn’t. He then said readers would have no idea what I was talking about. I told him I gave my readers more credit. I dropped the class, and felt sorry for the kid who said he wrote sci-fi and was told ‘you won’t be writing any of that in here.’ Thank god that guy wasn’t my first writing teacher.