Ishmael wrote:I have actually found that it focuses the mind when I'm set a theme. 'You will write about this."
Then I need Rebecca to call for 'story in a day.'
Two challenges at once produces the pressure, without which it seems I do not work. Now it remains to be seen whether the resultant stories actually stand up to editorial examination. (I am assuming that they are being examined, although I'm still haunted by the fear that they have disappeared without trace into a SP*M folder. The last I heard from Penumbra was my last round Hitchcock edition rejection on 11 August, so my last two submissions are still out there.)
Martin's advice seems to be the best here. 'No news is no news.'
I agree, Ishmael--themes present a wonderful writing challenge. A theme forces you to aim your story in a very specific direction. This has helped me to control my "un-themed" stories and keep them moving in the directions that I envision. Also, I have a theory (supported by no evidence whatsoever!) that themed magazines receive less submissions than magazines that are willing to consider any theme. Therefore, your chances of breaking in would be that much higher. Just a theory...
Penumbra usually responds pretty quickly after the theme deadline, so it looks like your Gaslight might be under serious consideration. Mine was speedily (though nicely) rejected. Good luck!