A few weeks ago, I got some great news: my short story ‘Sister Replacement’ has been accepted and will be published at the start of April by Alfie Dog Fiction. Even writing this now, I’m still sure that someone will shout April fools, even though it’s not even April yet. But after having so many noes, you start to wonder if you’ll ever get that yes.
When I first heard the news, half of me wanted to do a little dance while the other half was cautious. However, after seeing that my author profile has been uploaded, the urge to dance has increased, and the cautious feeling has faded. I can’t wait for the day my story goes live. Maybe the excitement will take over me, and I’ll start breakdancing. Doing that will be another achievement considering I can’t breakdance. I will pat myself on the back, that’s for sure, absorb all the tingles of joy, and probably do a little dance.
This story acceptance gave me the confidence boost that I needed. Even against all the red, this little green light shines so brightly. I feel that I can do this. Rejection may continue to knock on my door, but if I continue to work hard, I believe more acceptances will come my way. It’s those acceptances, the acceptances of the future, which gives me the strength to keep writing.
I have finally finished my current story. It’s titled ‘Pursuit of Misery’, this may change during the editing process, but for the moment that’s the title. I’m now planning a new story for an anthology submission call called The Dragon and the Butterfly. I hope that what I come up with will be accepted, but if not, I’m sure there’ll be another home for it. I’m also rewriting the story ‘My New Life’, so I’m hoping to send that off soon.
That’s all I have for you for today
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