I am so pleased to be included in this, the final issue of Enchanted Conversation*. It is such a fantastic publication and I am honored to be included among the ranks of authors such as Elizabeth Twist and Amanda C. Davis.
Additionally, this is my first professional story sale. I’ve been trying for a year to break into the professional market–publications that pay at least 5 cents a word–and this is my very first success in that endeavor. Definitely a day to go down in my personal history books!
I must confess, however, that I do have a worry. “Alive in the Wolf’s Belly” is easily the best story I’ve ever written, in my opinion. If I can keep churning out work of this quality, continuing to find homes for my stories in professional publications should be no problem. But can I continue to write at this level?
I’m not sure that I can. I don’t mean that I won’t eventually be producing consistently great work–but right now, I don’t know that I can deliver that wallop with every tale. My writing is still inconsistent and the quality varies. That’s natural, of course; writing is like anything else, you practice until you are really good at it. And there will be fits and starts and successes and failures and highs and lows, until finally you break through “the gap” and your work is consistently good 99% of the time, because you have just practiced that much. It becomes second nature: muscle memory, if you will.
I’m not quite there yet, but for the first time I can see a glimmer of that reality on the horizon, promising a future I stopped believing in years ago. And that is very, very exciting.
*As it turns out, this won’t be the final issue–but the format for payment is changing so that the best stories and poems will be awarded gift certificate prizes instead of straight payment. Click here to read the new guidelines.