I've had it with waiting. A mag I like a lot has been sitting on a story of mine for about 8 months now. It's a good story. Not amazing, but good. Their website states a turn-around time of 4-5 months. I waited six, emailed the editor and got a pretty quick reply that he was backed up and should be caught up in a month.
"Ok," I thought. "I can wait a month."
I gave them two months, emailing them again this past Monday. Got the same reply today, almost word for word.
Now I understand editors are busy, most lead lives separate from their mag and I have at least some idea of how much they get in the mail. But I think at this point I'm justified in starting to shop the piece around to some other places. I will let this nameless editor know once I send the piece out; I figure it never hurts to be courteous when I can. But, quite frankly, I probably never would have submitted to this mag if I knew it would take this long.
Sorry for the angry content. I just needed to vent, even anonymously. I'll aim for happier thoughts next time.