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  • My first of probably many rejection letters was not really expected. I was living in the Cowbird bubble of acceptance as a storyteller and had that moment of insanity that gave me the courage to send my story to the local paper for a Veteran’s day piece. After all, I was a veteran. Who better to write a Veteran’s day piece than someone who: A) was a veteran and B) is a storyteller.

    So in my naivety I sent my Cowbird story of Thanks for your service to the paper for their certain love and accolades, and eventual printing. Alas, it was not to be. The cold water shower was invigorating. It seems they have a self-imposed limit to any story submitted from “outside” their organization of 300 words or less to be accepted for even consideration. They wrote a nice form letter back saying they would be happy to consider it if I wanted to pare it down to their specs.

    They have no idea how many times I already cut and slashed words and sentences from the now bleeding story. Sentences that, to me, were necessary to give flavor and aroma to the story. I wrote the editor back saying, “No, but I thank you for asking”. My bubble has been burst. I am not really a writer after all.

    I have written over a hundred stories on the Cowbird site and that was the first one that I have allowed my wife to read after lamenting my tale of woe. Her comment after reading it, “It’s a bit wordy”.

    The woman has no soul.
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