On November 10th, my short-story titled “Anxiety” will be published in the Havok digital magazine. On that day, it will be free for anyone to read.
So keep your eye out. Log on to gohavok.com on November 10th, and get a peek inside my brain.
I’m happy to announce that one of my stories is included in Issue 6 of the Gold Man Review. It is a contemporary piece about the unexpected journey of raising a son with Type I Diabetes.
“Gold Man Review is a West Coast literary journal that publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from writers in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. Issue 6 is a journey into love, loss, tattoos, and knock-off designer purses.”
I am thrilled to be in this publication, which can be purchased at Amazon (at the link below), or at Barnes and Noble.
Another author and I sat in a conference room, waiting for the Willamette Writers session to begin. The speaker was Chip McGregor, and my fondest dream was that his literary agency would someday represent my novel. So we showed up early and sat attentively in our chairs.
Then we started playing with a photography app on my laptop.
By the time Chip entered the room we were shrieking with laughter, and rolling around on our chairs. It may have been undignified, but what fun.
I grew up with the thought that shadows were safe. If no one can see you, then no one can hurt you.
The prospect of having my first short story published triggered this belief. My words and thoughts will be so public, I whispered to myself. So dangerous.
But I had won awards for short stories and a few professionals expressed interest in my science fiction novel. Friends shook me by the shoulders and insisted that I was past due to get a website and start a blog.
Time to take the risk, I thought. Then I did a mental adjustment. Not a risk, an adventure.
Adventure has an element of risk to it, but it includes so much more. There’s the excitement of stepping out into something new without knowing where it will lead, the wonder as you learn new things, the comradery of finding other people with this compulsion to write strange stories of imaginary people.
There is also the sting of rejection, or that uncomfortable squirm in your stomach when you realize you screwed up.
But it all combines into this breathless swoop of excitement and surprise that makes life so much fun.
Bring on the adventure, risk and all.