This morning, I drove Heron to work, and on my way home, I heard John Lennon’s version of “Stand By Me.” I knew it was going to be a good day, but I didn’t know how good.
When I got home, I walked Hendrix before I started working. And on the walk, I received an email. That email was informing me that my story, “A Crash in Boston,” was selected for publication in Literary Orphans. Well, I was excited. It comes out at the end of September, and they have published great writers like Tom Pitts and Joe Clifford.
Let me provide you with a little bit of back story. In 2010, I won the fiction prize for graduate students at Florida International University. The winning story was “A Crash in Boston.” Well, I thought I was some hot shit. I was just 24 years old, winning a graduate competition in a MFA program.
So I started sending the story out to literary magazines. Not just any magazines — the top, la creme de la creme. And do you know what I found: yeah, that’s right, rejection. Boy I received so many rejections I stopped counting. But if I had to guess, then I would say about 50. My story received, at least, 50 rejections. I revised, and I continued to believe. Continue reading “Published Three Years Later & Other Good News”