Two days without a computer, without e-mail, without access to the short story submission records, and I didn't go mad at all. And the minute I come home, it's straight at the computer to see if, as it surely must be, someone got back to me.
Nadia Cornier, after two weeks, sent a form e-mail rejection, declining. That's the sort of thing I've come to expect. Even William Clark declined a query that I sent.....six months ago, I believe. After a month with an e-query, you already know it's a 'no', but still. Nice to get the formal notification when no one else is replying to anything.
What about the short stories? Gettysburg Review is late on their response, going past the six month time. Blue Mesa Review has had a story since last November, and nothing. Have they lost it? Then there's the Boston Review, also well past their notify-by date. So that's it. I come back after a couple of days, and there's no news. No requests for more, no SASEs in the mail.
The agents don't respond anymore, and now the literary journals don't respond either. Have I become invisible without realizing a change was taking place? Or does the postman have it in for me?