So why do I say it? Would I have never realized that writing was such a big part of me? Still, the instant acceptance was not exactly a taste of the reality of writing — that reality check was coming for my next story.
Which stunned me for a bit.
Good job, past me! Yes, I said it: howdy.
It was a small story sold to a small market for small money. Nonetheless, I understand and accept each of those sacrifices in pursuit of my calling. I believe Clarion West will help me with all of those things. You can't succeed if you don't try.
Groaning out of bed, dragging myself to the bathroom to brush my teeth and shower, and then dragging my shell to the train station in order to go to work.
Seriously, eight months later, he's still got the damn ticket? A pleasing side effect of the research was my first professional publication, on the same topic. Getting a result means you're making the attempt.
You see, I'd been submitting some short stories to my favourite publications these past few months and I was getting nothing but rejections. What I want is to write better — to write well. But a day will come when Abby is proud of her daddy for the sacrifices he made the summer of in order to fulfill his dream.
I shopped it around long enough to learn how bad it was.
Getting a result means you're making the attempt. I'd never written a query letter before, and I figured it would be good to get some impartial feedback. Huw Evans the workshop administrator at the time wrote back saying I would expect an answer before March 31st. A pleasing side effect of the research was my first professional publication, on the same topic. By day, I masquerade as a high school math teacher. It has become even harder in the past two years since the most beautiful little distraction entered my life — Abigail.