I don’t consider publication to be the end-all for a writer, even though it sure is nice. I know writers who share their talents in thank-you notes and encouragement letters. Not a bad gig at all.
I know others who exclusively blog. They are putting their insights on a medium that might be seen by readers worldwide. Not bad, either.
But I’ve felt the tug to submit for publication. I’m working on a novel right now but those take forever. I wanted to submit now. So I’ve begun writing short stories.
My first appeared in Harpstring’s summer edition. Apparently the pressure of a frantic deadline helped, because I whipped that story out in about three days.
Then came a notification about OakTara looking for short stories for an anthology Falling In Love With You. Because our love story is a little unique, I decided to submit a story for that, too. That one was accepted and should be available by the end of the month.
Since then I’ve sent in a story to Chicken Soup and entered two short story contests. No word yet on those.
I still don’t consider publication to be the final plateau for a writer but I do have to admit that it’s fun seeing my name in print.
Now, back to my novel…