Chapter 1: Backstory Like virtually all writers, I've always been an avid readers. Although I don't remember being read to as a toddler (that was a loooong time ago), one of my earliest childhood memories is getting my first library card. Another early memory is being sick and having my mother go to the library to take out some books for me to read that I loved and devoured. And she got annoyed when I had read them all in a couple days, and I begged her to go back for more. Then there were all the flashlight batteries I went through reading under the covers when I was supposed to be sleeping. I wasn't a good sleeper even in those days . . .
Join me on my journey to become a published fiction writer
INSPIRATIONAL writing quotes
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good. ---William Faulkner
my journey as a new (older) writer
In these pages I will share what I've been doing to transform myself into a writer of upmarket women's fiction. I'll talk about my novel (working title: Reckless Abandon) and the short stories I've been writing. I've finally gotten the courage to send a few out for review in literary journals. Let the rejections begin! Seriously though, like revision, I'm told that rejection is part of writing. I can feel my skin getting thicker. I'll keep you posted.
My progress & successes
July, 2018 Here's what I've been up to. My novel is just about done and I've had it professional edited. I'm finding indie publishers and will start the process of submitting it soon. I'm continuing to work on my short stories, and I've had my first successes. While committing myself to sending out five stories to literary magazines (boring and tedious but essential if you want to get them published), two flash fiction stories were accepted. Beyond thrilled! "When You Lose the Love of Your Life" appears in the online journal Foliate Oak out of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. http://www.foliateoak.com and "Boost Your T" appeared in Down in the Dirt, which is both online and print (appearing in April, 2018). A third one, "Sylvester," was accepted in New Praxis Magazine, https://www.newpraxismagazine.com/fiction. Meanwhile, I've sent out 15 stories to almost 100 literary magazines and journals.