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Chiara / November 5, 2015 , Thu / rejection (x3)

Rejection, Rejection, Rejection is my way of: a) sharing things with you that I fully intended to through publications but that were rejected, and b) show you that being rejected is part of being a writer. I really hope you like this series, because I was ridiculously over-excited about it when the idea came to me. I hope you like these pieces that nearly missed out on being seen by your eyes.

#2 – poetry

This piece is one that I submitted for a poetry anthology. The theme was ‘tempest’. This poem was inspired by Captive Prince by C.S Pacat.

RUIN

It wasn’t a sword with which he took my life,

But a look

A glance

A stare

So full of undisguised emotion

I felt as if I could drown in the blue of his eyes.

He thought that his best used weapons were his words;

I’m sure he wouldn’t believe me if I told him otherwise.

If I told him, straightforward and fiercely:

Your eyes are the very things that ruin me.

He would likely laugh, mirthless, and try to cut me down with his collection of letters.

But it would be the subtle change in his eyes,

A tiny, infinitesimal transition

From disbelief to confusion and calculated assessment

That would reduce me to nothing.

This piece is full of feels for me, because the Damen/Laurent (Laurianos) ship is one of my OTPs. I hope you enjoyed reading this poem of mine!

Until my next rejection,

Chiara / September 16, 2015 , Wed / rejection (x3)

Rejection, Rejection, Rejection is my way of: a) sharing things with you that I fully intended to through publications but that were rejected, and b) show you that being rejected is part of being a writer. I really hope you like this series, because I was ridiculously over-excited about it when the idea came to me. I hope you like these pieces that nearly missed out on being seen by your eyes.

#1 – flash fiction

This piece is one that I submitted for a flash fiction blog that publishes stories that are exactly one hundred words (including the title). The topic was ‘underground’. This is exactly as I submitted it, but with only three added words.

DREAMS

He dreamed of the things he’d never seen. Most of them came from the books he’d found hidden in the box under the floor.

He dreamed of the sun, and what it would feel like if he stepped out into it for the first time, letting the warmth seep into the layers of his skin right through to his soul.

He dreamed of the princes that woke sleeping girls and saved trapped girls and married mermaid girls, and how a prince would save a boy in darkness.

He dreamed of life, of something more, of love.

But they were all just dreams.

So there you have it! My little flash fiction submission that would never have seen the light of day if I hadn’t started Rejection, Rejection, Rejection. I really hope you like my little story, and the blog series!

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