Jonathan Pinnock - Writer of Stuff

NO SOONER THE WORD THAN THE FICTION

The Battered Suitcase

It’s possible that regular readers of this blog may have gained the impression that the course of my writing life runs like a smooth, well-oiled machine, untroubled by such petty problems as rejection, frustration or failure. However, nothing could be further from the truth: I get rejections and failures all the time. There are some publications that have almost certainly added me to their spam list, given the number of things I have abortively sent them. However, I do like to think that the fact that this doesn’t bother me (and it really doesn’t) has something to do with whatever impression of success that I manage to project.

Some of my favourite stories have travelled the world so much they have special T shirts printed, showing everywhere they have visited on their long journey, and I am delighted to announce that one such story, “Dinner with Sylvia” has at last found a home – and a good one at that – at The Battered Suitcase. I wrote this story for a VWC competition back in 2004 and I have been sending it out, off and on, ever since I started submitting stuff to the outside world in 2007. So I’m particularly pleased to see this one finally flee the nest, because it deserves a wider audience. Well, I think it does, anyway.

8 Comments

  1. Funny, for a minute I thought you were describing yourself as a battered suitcase. Great post and very pleased for your story!

  2. Congrats to you and your story!

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    June 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks, Claire! Believe me, I feel like one sometimes :)

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    June 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks, Marisa!

  5. Well done on the acceptance, Jon. Always satisfying to place an old favourite. (My most travelled story sold on its ninteenth outing!!)

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    June 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks, Sherri! It is, isn’t it? Nineteen is pretty impressive :)

  7. Great stuff – persistence is so often the key!

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    June 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Ain’t it just :)

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