Inspiration in leaping sheep

Thinking Aloud

I once read an interview with an author (I don’t remember who), but part of her creative process was to pin photographs of her writing subjects all over the wall behind her desk. When I get a desk and a wall this is one of the pictures I will use:

One day when I will buy this print.

Photographer: Alan Berner
Title: Jumping Sheep


Magazine Publications
I have just realised a story of mine has been rejected from 26 publications. I wonder when or if one should accept defeat. It brought to mind something I wrote a while back:
Rejection sounds like ejection, which makes me think of ejaculation: being rejected is a big gooey mess of mixed emotions. We are fragile things we unpublished writers; easily broken.

This is how rejection usually goes for me:

Hurt: deep and personal (me!). Reflection: long and hard (should I give in?). Reality: simple and true (I will never give in).

It is the most terrible thing. I usually find that I can’t write anything for a few days after I have been rejected. It’s a massive punch in the gut, and it takes a while to remember how to breathe.

The opposite of rejection is acceptance, and this acts like armour. The more acceptance you have, the less you are winded, the less you feel the fist of rejection. I wonder if there is a point where you feel invincible, where rejection doesn’t hurt? I doubt it. I should probably say:

We are fragile things we writers; easily broken, [handle with care].

There is hope though. An acceptance of the rejected! A magazine that only publishes a piece of writing if you can prove that it has been rejected elsewhere (Rejection Digest). What a beautiful concept, unless they reject you…*

*Fortunately there is a clause that if you have been rejected five times from different publications then you get automatic publication!

Uncategorized is an exploration into animal nature, human nurture, and social media. Read the thoughts and reflections of David Hubert-Holmes as he spends eight days being a sheep in the Lake District.

David Hubert Holmes’ story was first published in Blue Mesa Review, Issue 24.

Rejections that make me smile:

Magazine Publications

Electric Literature is one of my favourite (and most respected) short story magazines:


I wanted to let you know our readers found the first-person narration skillfully rendered, the dialogue colorful, and each aspect of the story’s world and its characters crafted with care. I also would like to pass on what one of our readers wrote: “This is a strong piece with brilliantly absurd renditions of reality.” Thank you for sharing your story with us.


Next time….

Jigsaw Documentaries

Urban Theory Films

Urban Theory Film’s online network of filmmakers has been renamed to Unicity, giving the project a unique identity to the other work that UBT undertakes.

4. Jigsaw Documentaries: my latest contribution to Unicity’s ‘Be Inspired’ section, exploring the difficulties of filming, travelling, and making a documentary.

The Busking Project

Regular contribution, The Busking Project

The Busking Project: a worldwide film project to document the lives and motivations of street performers.

Writing from the trip so far:

1. Details from the road

2. Barcelona: Musicians Wanted

3. Taking and not tipping

4. An evening in Athens with Detroit Jimmy

5. An interview with a Busker