This flashback to Paula Cole introduces my latest Nerve Cowboy Chapbook Contest loss. I was almost too busy to ponder my chances this year. I didn't get the Nerve Cowboy news until I'd arrived home from Seth Harwood's signing of Jack Wakes Up at Mysterious Bookshop. Anyway, I predicted my fate by the weight of the envelope.
Reflecting on this, I can't believe there was a time I feared rejection. Rejection only means something if it stops me. As committed as I am to writing, I know I won't stop, so eventually what was rejected will improve enough to be accepted. I just have to keep showing up, and I've got nothing better to do.