I’m a real Author!

I’ve seen the looks when someone asks what you do and you reply “write.”  It’s kind of a combination of exasperation and rolling eyes with a “why don’t you grow up?” kind of stare.  Writing isn’t considered a “real” job by a lot of people.  Around here, it’s a hobby.  A stream of consciousness that lands in the local newspaper every week.  A few hundred words that you spend “a lot of time” on.

Sure, for some people writing is just that, but for me it is a lot more. For me, it has been work. I’m not saying I’m great at it yet.  I still have a lot to learn like: proper usage of emdashes and effective ways to tell instead of show and why.  I used to have problems with spelling but that has vastly improved.  Even my over-use of purple prose has pared down so that descriptions are crisp and precise (most of the time.) But I know I have a long way to go yet.

My work over the last two years has improved.  I see it when I look back at what I wrote over a year ago and scratch my head.  It is not a huge improvement, but it is there.  I am finding a voice that I am comfortable with.

So with being comfortable, I have begun submitting my stories.  Shorts to various markets and most of them have been rejected.  I really don’t mind the rejections because every time a story comes back, I see something I want to improve.  What does bug me though sometimes is a reason for the rejection.  Is “it does not fit our current issue” a polite way of saying it bites, or does it really not fit the theme of the issue?  Is this polite rejection just a form letter? How are you supposed to know?

Well this weekend, things have changed.  Two of my stories have gotten acceptances.  That’s right, I am PUBLISHED!  First, on Friday, I received an acceptance from Support The Little Guy on “Tasting Humanity.”  I squeed all over Twitter and Facebook and everywhere else I could find a moment to say something.  Then yesterday I came home to another acceptance from With Painted Words for “You Don’t Belong.”

I am still in shock over it wondering if this is some odd mistake.  One acceptance I can see but two in just a few days?

I’m still riding the high of it, which is a great feeling I must say, and I hope that enthusiasm carries over  for the next few weeks into NaNo. I had a quick debate with myself over if I should drop it and concentrate on my short stories, or go ahead and work on it.  I have decided since I have already committed myself that I will see this through.  I have not worked on my novels much in the past few months, what better time than now to do it? I am hoping to fit in a few short stories in, revisions on what I have already written and maybe a few new ones. I’m still going to try weekly for Show Me Your Lits. I have two Beta Reads scheduled along with a few anthologies I still need to write for.

I can say that I am really looking forward to it!


8 responses to “I’m a real Author!

  1. Congrats!

    And really, “Doesn’t fit the theme of this issue” means it doesn’t fit the theme of the issue. Honest. 🙂 Editors are always looking for great stories, and every time they open a file, they hope the next one is awesome.


  2. It’s funny how often acceptances come in spurts like that. Then a roll of rejections, then an acceptance. There’s no method to this madness. It’s like manic-depression. Sometimes a story just takes time to find a home but with hard work and a keen eye, there’s always a home for them.

    Congrats again. Now write that novel!


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