Hell is…

…sending off your ‘very polished’ short story to an important short story competition and then having it brought to your attention AFTER the story is mailed, that not only is there a clunker of a typo at one point in the story, at another point in the story, one of your key characters randomly changes name – just once, but still…
…please kill me now.

Presumably the judge won’t be awarding the major cash prize to a writer who can’t even keep a handle on what her characters are called.


The sound of my hopes hitting the dust.