My poem "Swallow", as suggested by Storyteller21
was featured by thorns
for a Daily Deviation. I couldn't be more grateful to the two of them and I encourage anyone reading to go check out their work.
As far as all the comments go, they've been overwhelmingly positive and it's been a great inspiration. I promise I'll get to responding to them all but it will take some time. Again, I thank you.
Literally just last night I very much considered giving up on writing entirely. I know that others have had a horrible time this year and I would just like you to know that I'm right there with you. With any spare chance I've had I have pursued publishing any which way possible. I have written letters and e-mails to hundreds of publishers of reviews and journals and college zines all over the United States and Great Britain. I've met with less success than I would've liked and it was difficult then, as everyone knows, to face rejection, but this week it all came to a head when I received a very insulting, scathing reply from an author I greatly respected. It's hard taking criticism from someone you admire but when they actively attack your work... well, that's a whole different kind of experience. Yesterday I found myself sitting in my car, half intoxicated, and very upset. Only because it seemed like every stride I tried to take was blocked and that I would never be read by any more than a handful of people. I tried to write a journal entry from my phone to say that I was done and had given up and that there would be no more work. Luckily my phone couldn't get a signal. I mean, I threw it at the wall, but if it had worked I would not have logged in today and seen the 500+ messages on my page. I was floored and I feel very blessed. Thank you.
This Daily Deviation could not have come at a more perfect time, but the honor would mean nothing without the people who took the time to let some random artist know that it inspired or moved them, or hell, if they even just thought it was well-worded. Even, honestly, if it was something as simple as reading it and nothing more, that's enough. Thank you very, very much. I will continue to write and hopefully I'll intrigue some of you enough to continue reading.