Do good things come to those who wait?
Apparently so -- at least for my story "Breathe." This little speculative tale was rejected a total of eight times (and only twice favorably) before it reached the editors of Golden Visions Magazine where, after just a slight rewrite (500 words or so added), they accepted it with open arms.
This story has had a fairly long shelf life, I must admit. I wrote it over a decade ago when I was in college, and I dug it out of my virtual trunk in '09 when I started my journey into the Published Land. Two markets held onto it for quite some time last year, only to release it in the end. Regardless, "Breathe" is finally making its world debut today, and if you're so inclined, you can read it here.
But if you're in the mood for something less than 1,500 words, you can check out my tale "Cheater" at Postcard Shorts, a cool little venue. Each story there has to be 250 words or less -- just about what would fit on a postcard, depending on the size of your penmanship. (Penman... what?)
And if 250 is still too much in the way of wordage for you, click through to Seedpod where my tweet-sized tale "Unit X11-76" went live today in 140 characters or less.
As always, thanks for reading. And hey, if you want to stick around, I'll be blogging through the entire alphabet for the month of April. Curious? Stay tuned...