My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

Beth Kaplan logo

a writer’s reality – and spring beauty

Last week I sent out an essay for consideration to the writer’s union magazine, and, blessedly, heard back quickly. They rejected it, but so fast, no long wait. Today, I sent another, longer essay to a literary journal and while there, checked my Submissable account, which writers use to submit material for publication. 

Since November 2012, I’ve sent 25 essays or book manuscripts through Submissable. Four are marked “received,” which means pending. One piece was accepted by an online magazine which published it and has since vanished; the same one was withdrawn from another magazine because it had been accepted elsewhere. 19 were rejected. 

One accepted out of twenty-five: This is not a great batting average.

What can you do? Sam Beckett: “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” 

First garden bouquet of the year: mint, lilac, viburnum, bleeding heart, a daff, and lilac that actually survived the winter. As, apparently, did we. Impossible to work on such a glorious day. It’ll be 26 degrees tmw. I will think about that and not about rejection.




3 Responses to “a writer’s reality – and spring beauty”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Isn't that lovely.

  2. Anonymous says:

    My favourite Beckett quotation:
    “I can’t go on. I’ll go on.”

  3. beth says:

    A brilliant writer with a face like a hawk.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

About Beth

I began keeping a journal at the age of nine. Nearly fifty years later, I started this online journal, sharing reflections, reviews, updates, and the occasional secret.

Some Blogs I Follow

Chris Walks
This blog evolves. It once was about travels. Now it’s a reason to be at the keyboard that I value.


Theresa Kishkan
Theresa Kishkan is a writer living on the Sechelt Peninsula on the west coast of Canada.


I walk on. With my feet, and in my mind as well.


Carrie Snyder
Wherever you’ve come from, wherever you’re going, consider this space a place for reflection and pause.


Juliet in Paris, Spain and Beyond
Juliet is a Canadian who’s lived for decades in Paris and writes about her travels and the many things that interest her.