I’ve been very quiet here of late. A lot has happened in the United States (and in my personal life) since I last posted an update. If you are an American with a uterus or once had a uterus or are trans or queer, you probably know what I am talking about. If you’re an American at all, you should know what I’m talking about. The Supreme Court’s overturning of a 50 year old precedence affects over half our population, and most of us are absolutely terrified about what’s going to happen next.
So, to bring a little light to my own life (and yours, maybe), I’m delighted to say I have a new story out in this month’s issue of Etherea Magazine. I am so grateful to Aidan Wilson, the editor, for accepting a third story of mine to publish in his fantastic magazine. “Print a Soul in Six Easy Steps: A Primer by Clover Silverbrook” is one of the most moving pieces I have ever written. I actually teared up a bit the last time I revised it before it was accepted. It also was rejected around 26 times before Etherea said yes. It’s just another reminder to all you writers: DON’T SELF REJECT. Eventually, your story will find a home if you believe in it enough.
Also, I received an acceptance this morning on a flash piece I wrote recently. I can’t say much more than that, but this week — hell, this month — has been a rollercoaster for many reasons, and I will take all the good I can get right now. I will announce when the next story is out in the world, hopefully very soon.
As always, thanks for supporting me.
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Congrats on your acceptance! Always great to see a fellow writer continue making their mark, especially in this lonely choice of vocation. Keep on keeping on, Amanda!
Also, ‘don’t self-reject’ is such a great reminder. If my mind had its way, it’d unpublish or unsend all my work. But better to let the market decide, eh? Thanks for this post!
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Thank you! And thank you for the comment. Writing can definitely be a lonely and difficult occupation. But if you can find a caring community of other writers to join, it makes it all worthwhile. Good luck to you in your own writing adventure!
It is very important to never give up. Sometimes, the moment we feel like giving up is just when victory is at our doorsteps.
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Thank you! And yes, I almost gave up completely last year, and then I received my first short story acceptance. It was a good sign for me to keep going.
You are welcome, Amanda. Never give up. Your efforts will pay off someday.