A Writer’s Inbox

A writer’s inbox is no man’s land. Hit the circular arrow button, but it is returned with a random blitz of reminders, unsolicited coupons, and forgotten app pleas. Landmines awaiting clicks buried cleverly with the purpose of killing time. 

 How long will this stand-off keep me in the trenches? A few weeks of twisting the arrow, and then one day I am bombarded, yet I stand, Commander of Magazines, and declare, “Let there be another word war,” and all the simmering submissions of the last few months come charging through, uncaring of how many nights were lost in the crossing.

A crusade of rejection, and as I sift through the corpses of my creations in search of a surviving sentence, I find that failure assails even the most armored of ink slingers. My dreams, now under water, await truth’s torpedoes, equipped with electronic trackers.

© khartless 2021, All Rights Reserved


Merril is host tonight for Prosery at the d’Verse Poet’s Pub. Tonight’s topic “Bombardment” was explored in exactly 144 words. Join us in sharing a shelling including the line “I am bombarded and yet I stand” from Adrienne Rich’s “Planetarium.”

37 Comments

  1. Jeff Flesch

    Wow, K, this is a powerful piece. I love this, “A crusade of rejection, and as I sift through the corpses of my creations in search of a surviving sentence, I find that failure assails even the most armored of ink slingers” That’s so awesome and wonderfully written, my friend.

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      1. Ingrid

        I think the skin grows another layer: I am now in a place where I can say ‘it’s their loss for not recognizing my talent’ 🤣 remember The Beatles got turned down by Decca 😉

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    1. K.Hartless

      Thanks, Merril. It was a good choice for right now when I think many are feeling bombardments of one kind or another. I try to remember that writings an outlet and that feel-good feeling of creating something that didn’t exist before you put it on paper.

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    1. K.Hartless

      It’s definitely rollercoasterish. I am overjoyed with a yes because I feel that tug of nos. Hope I’m becoming more rhino so I can take any comments or criticism that comes my way. I’ve learned a lot, so if you ever want to leap off a cliff and submit works, I’d be happy to share what I’ve learned. Thanks for commenting, Björn.

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  2. writingwhatnots

    Yeah, it is less painful each time – but I guess if it didn’t hurt at all we’d have stopped caring about our work? So, keep slinging that ink ✍ 😊

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