Unusual Endings: Sometimes the Bad Guys Win

I recently listened to an audio book of a thriller from a fairly mainstream author. This was one of his earlier works from around 2003, when he wasn’t as well known as he is now. What surprised in this book, is that while protagonists were very likeable and typical underdogs, in the last chapter of the book they lost. And they lose really badly. The ending of the book is basically the bad guys enjoying the spoils.

Now I do get that the author was trying to make a point about the larger society issues highlighted in this book but I still felt bad for the characters. Nevertheless, the book accomplished the goal of the author – it stuck in my mind.

Lesson: not all stories end well, just like in real life.

First Rewrite Request!

I have been submitting stories to markets for a while but today was the first time I got a rewrite request. For background – most of the publications I have been targeting are genre specific, however, in the last few weeks, I also started submitting to more general ones. The rewrite request came from one of these general publication. It was clear that the editor read the story, liked it and believed in it!

This makes me very happy and apprehensive at the same time. While most of my stories are self contained, this particular one is part of a larger cycle of stories that have related characters. Now I have to figure out how to rewrite this story…

January 2021: A Glimmer in the Dark

While January was a slow month, I managed to get two new stories started and advance one story to the copyediting stage. At the same time, no acceptances (yet) but I did manage to get one special rejection: being advanced to the second round in a particular contest, albeit rejected in the final round. It is but a glimmer in the dark.

New stories started this month but not finished yet:

  • Fantasy: 1
  • Sci-Fi: 1

Stories finished this month and being copyedited:

  • Sci-fi: 1


  • Submitted: 12
  • Acceptances: 0
  • Pending from previous months: 12
  • Rejections – form: 8
  • Rejections – personal: 1
  • Rejections – never responded: 5