End of Their Ways published at Fiction on the Web

One of my short stories has been accepted and published at Fiction on the Web. Very excited to see another story out there for the world to read. And of course, terrified that another story is out there for the world to read. That is to say, terrified in a very good way. Much thanks to the editors and staff at Fiction on the web. The story, End of Their Ways, is about disastrous consequences of seemingly innocent actions.

Link to my story on Fiction on the Web

Darkrise published in The J.J. Outre Review

So as an unaccepted surprise for the weekend I was greeted with an acceptance letter from The J.J. Outre review for my short story Darkrise. This is more of an odd tale where the decedents of a group of humans who punched their way through to another universe must learn to survive where the physical laws are vastly different. It’s weird.

Link to the my story at the J.J. Outre Review

Corporate Property published at Literally Stories

My first published short story, Corporate Property, hit the web on Friday at Literally Stories. Many thanks to the editors for accepting and putting it out there! I have to admit there’s a very vulnerable feeling that came with seeing something you wrote put out there for the world to see. I couldn’t help the notion  of being naked and exposed popping up as I read the comments. Thankfully, they’ve been positive.

Also have to give a shout out to the The Writers Center in Bethesda. This story was critiqued in one of their workshops. Great place and great people.

Link to Corporate Property

Link to the Writers Center

Acceptance!

I’m thrilled to say that after a long hard road there’s finally a pinprick of light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve had two short stories accepted by two different markets. When they are up and available I’ll post links here. Very exciting to see something I’ve written out there for the world to see. And also scary. Holy shit, the whole world is going to see what I wrote as a fiction piece? Yikes!

Another Day – Another Rejection – Another Submission

Being an unpublished author is tough. What exactly are you? Am I? Can you really call yourself an author or writer if you’ve never done it professionally? I received my 44th rejection note today and immediately resubmitted the story to another market.  Science Fiction Writers of America requires three published short stores in a professional market for inclusion in their society. I don’t have one. And the one I’m hopeful might just make the cut is in a semi-pro market. I recently ran across an open writing contest where writers don’t get paid, you just get to submit. I think they are over one hundred submissions already. What’s that mean? Means there’s a ton of writers out there and each one is clamoring with another to be noticed and their writing accepted, not just by magazines, but by a readership. Bottom line, it’s tough and loaded with competition.

So, why post this load of self-deprecation? Just venting. And to make the statement that despite never having been published, and the road ahead is loaded with disappointment, frustration and despair, still I write and still I submit. Not for dreams of being the next King or creating the next Potter, but because the actual act is pleasant. Of dreaming of some far away world and throwing it the page and for that wonderful feeling of someone actually liking it. I have to remind myself of that every time the “sorry, gonna pass” or “just not right for me” or “best of luck placing this elsewhere” comes through the email.

I don’t know if I can call myself a writer, novelist or author. I only know that I can’t quit. Not if I love it despite the heartache that comes with it. I have seven stories out for consideration and about to go work on the eighth right now. That is after dinner, watching peppa pig and putting the kids to sleep.