Sunday, May 15, 2011

Picture Me Successful!

Yes, it's time for the most important meal of the day: the incredibly late morning brunch. Today's entree is, as a matter of principle, located at Shooting Suburbia, and it's called "The Spirit Takes Flight And Touches The Canopy Of Life", part fo'.

For the appetizer, we have, to borrow a catch phrase from Sandra Seaman, a Snoopy Dance.

For the first time in almost a year and a half, yours truly got another story published.

Early this year, I decided to start exploring the short story market for the few shorts that I'd written last year and polished to an ultra shine. In order to do that, I needed to start paying attention to the weekly e-mails that Duotrope were depositing in my inbox. So after doing a brief search and destroy, I found a quirky magazine that seemed like a good fit for one of my stories called "Red Stripe" (plot: the last day in the life of a punk rock singer called Krystal Methadone), The Cynic Online Magazine.

In early March, I fired off an e-mail with my 4K word short story. Two months later and almost giving up any hope of having my story accepted, I perfromed one of my once a day check of my Hotmail addy, and lo and behold, I found an acceptance e-mail and brief contract attached to that e-mail.

My story "Red Stripe" will be published in the June issue of Cynic Magazine. Shortly thereafter, I will post a permanent link in my Published Writings page.



  1. CONGRATS MAN! yeah i am yelling...

    even after a bit of a late night last night...

  2. Excellent news, G! It's a damn good feeling isn't it?

    I'm looking forward to reading your story in the CYNIC. Keep us posted.

  3. Bruce: Thanks.

    It's been a very long road but I'm really glad that this happened.

    David: Thanks.

    It certainly is. Considering how this week went, it was the best news to get for the weekend. And I will certainly keep everyone posted.

  4. Great news!! Wow I bet that's made your day? Week? Month?

  5. Joe: Thanks. So far, this has made my year. I've been having a brutal year in my personal/work life, but this really does give me a boost to my confidence in more ways than you can imagine.

    I am indeed, a very happy camper.

  6. Yay, that is super awesome! Congrats!

  7. enjoy the new photo header - even though it's 10:28, I kinda want a coca cola

  8. Congrats, G!! That's amazing! You must be walking on air :)

  9. T1G: Thanks. It certainly is super awesome indeed.

    Ryan: Thanks. It's one of my favorite local places to eat. I try to eat there at least once a week (a bit on the expensive side but well worth the money). That pic was taken in 2009. Lunch was a diet Coke, a slaw dog and fresh cut french fries.

    Talon: Thanks. I am indeed. It absolutely made my weekend to the point where nothing bad that happened actually bothered me.

  10. That's exciting, G! Congrats.

  11. Lynn: Thanks. I really am stoked about this.

  12. YAY! Applause-
    They DO take their time...

  13. Snaggle: Thanks.

    I think that the longest I'd ever waited for a rejection was about 8 months.

    But this is good.

  14. Very, very, well done G:) What a thrill - may it be the first of many acceptances!

  15. Jane: Thanks. Hopefully it won't take me another year and a half to get published again.

  16. Chris: Thankee.

    The feeling has definitely carried me through for the past week or so, and hopefully it will keep on carrying me through the summer while I'm querying my novel.


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