If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you might have seen this announcement on Saturday:
Yeah, that really happened! My husband came home while I was doing situps and told me I had a package from The MacGuffin. It’s been almost a year since I submitted to the magazine and the publication of this issue was four months delayed so FINALLY is appropriate.
And if you follow me on Facebook, you probably saw this slightly more planned post a little while later:
Doesn’t it look beautiful?
This has been a long time coming. I have a folder filled with drafts of this story. The oldest date I can find is April 2014 but my records tracking shows I started submitting it in January 2014, two years ago! I submitted it to a total of 14 literary magazines and had to withdraw it from four of those when The MacGuffin accepted me. They responded on May 1st 2015 and I’m just now seeing my name in print. It’s been a long journey.
I’m learning not to give up on the long game and the investment in writing. It will take a lot of work and a lot of drafts you should see how thick the folder is for this story). But this feeling is incredible. Nothing feels better than this. Nothing.
If you want to read it for yourself, you can order a copy from The MacGuffin website. Be sure to get the Fall 2015 edition.
Until next time, write on.