Today is the day that I can call myself a published author! Short Fiction Break has published my first short story. It is a story about a man fleeing destruction and facing challenges from the past along with challenges from those around him. It fits into a larger collection that I’ve written and hopefully it will be the first of those to be published! Here is the link to it, if anyone would like to check it out: http://shortfictionbreak.com/foreign-flight/.
I think that all writers realize that they’ll get a lot of rejections, and I’ve followed that norm. I’ll admit that at times I despaired about every having a story accepted by a literary magazine, so I was surprised and thrilled to get an email last week from Short Fiction Break literary magazine accepting my first short story! It is set to come out on July 7th, and I am really looking forward to updating the fiction page here with a link to the story on their site. I have stories submitted at MANY other lit mags, and this has given me some renewed hope that some good news will come from those other stories as well!
This was my first writer’s conference, and if I can swing it next year, I’ll definitely be back. The sessions were top notch and the ability to sit down with an agent and discuss my work was so valuable. I think one of the things that I gained from this conference was to realize both the potential of my work and to also see some small things that could be changed to give it a better chance.
As all introverts likely agree, going to a conference, without a wingperson of any sort, is among the worst thing in the world. Still, choosing to do so and making friends in the process is choosing to pursue the future. That’s the direction in which I want to live.