RE: The Traveler

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This is beautiful and painful, @brandt. My heart aches for Simon and his plight.

There are some truly inspired lines of writing throughout this piece, and the character development and interaction between Simon and Clark is terrific. It's really surprising that no publication ever snatched it up. Did any of them provide a reason? (I know, they rarely do!) The only thing I can think of is that we are left no knowing the final outcome for Simon. This did not disturb me at all, personally. Not every story needs to be perfectly sewn up at the end. I think it's brilliant.



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Thank you for your wonderful comment :) Please have some !PIZZA

Did any of them provide a reason?

Not that I recall. I went through a phase like 12 or 13 years ago where I was applying to creative writing MA programs, trying to get shorts published in journals, and also writing sitcom scripts on spec to see if I could get any traction there. It was rare to get any feedback on my stuff, just rejection letters. Apparently nobody wanted me which is fine, fate decided that I didn't need them either ;)

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Well, good for you. They say when one door closes, another one opens, which I think is actually a highly irritating expression. I think it's more like this: You've got to just keep trying doors until you like what's on the other side.

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Yeah I like your approach better for sure. Also, depending on how badly you want in a closed door I guess you could just try kicking it down and see what happens :)

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