*flails* I finally did it! This is the first short story of original fiction that I’ve written, polished, and submitted to a literature magazine. I’ve mentioned it a few times on this blog as the suicide story. I’ve also referred to it as Short Story D. I’ve spent several years writing, but it was exclusively fanfiction, which can’t be published. I sent my story to Glimmer Train and will send it to a few others in the next week. The rate of acceptance for this magazine is 1/1000, so the odds are against me. I guess that’s a bit of an understatement 😄 I’m expecting it to get rejected, but that’s okay. The endpoint for me is becoming a good writer, and I improved so much in the process of writing and editing this story. Although, getting something published would be a nice bonus 🙂
I’d love to post the story or snippets on my blog, but I can’t because the majority of literary magazines want first publishing rights. By posting it to the internet you’ve published it, so most literary magazines won’t accept it. Although I’ve seen some in the past year that have deleted that clause from their submission guidelines. The exception is critique sites that are password locked. Glimmer Train takes blog published fiction, but many others do not, unfortunately.
I spent about a week writing the rough draft of this story and months revising it. I don’t delete anything, so with each revision I just opened a new document. There are 18 drafts 😄 I’ve never revised something so much. Complicating factors were the non-linear storyline and my rough transition from fanfiction to original fiction.
Now I start work on another short story. I’m not sure if I want to do the one about the little girl with an abusive father or the mother that loses her son and develops a relationship with the little girl that gets his transplanted heart. I’ll probably do the transplanted heart one because I’ve already started that one.
I took a break from blogging because I just had so many things going on in my life. I’ve taken numerous 7 day+ writing/reading hiatuses as well. I might talk about it at a later point in time. I wish my life was more stable, but it’s not and probably never will be. I’m flying to the other side of the country tomorrow to meet up with Dr. Millis, one of the best hip preservation surgeons in the world. It’s looking like my last hip surgery in May 2014 has failed. The surgery wasn’t with Dr. Millis, but I saw him in 2013 and really liked him, so I’m hoping he can help me. I’ve had 3 hip preservation surgeries at this point, so I’m hoping I can hold off on another one for 1-2 years. My right hip is still partially dislocating, which is as painful as it sounds. Did I mention how much I hate my hips 😄 Wait, I mean hip in the singular sense. The left one had a scope and is behaving quite nicely. My right hip is a factory reject 😦