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I'm wearing my big girl writer pants now!

I'm super excited today, for a couple reasons. One is that it looks like I might have landed a little freelance writing work to supplement my income going in to grad school, so I'm all wound up and nervous about that. But even more so, I've published my first ever short story in a pro market! WOO!

So pretty please, go to Beneath Ceaseless Skies and check out my story, The Book of Autumn. Go now. It's okay, I'll wait.

If you liked it (and I hope you did!) please consider supporting Beneath Ceaseless Skies, since the editor (Scott) is an incredible human being who gives sad little newbs like me a chance. Actually, please consider supporting BCS even if you think my story was total crap and you're now about to flounce off in a huff. Because then Scott could presumably use the funds to find stories less lame than mine. So either way, we all win, right?

I've been pretty much exploding into random bouts of joyful squealing since I signed the contract for the story at the end of June. I just didn't talk about it all that much (on the internets at least) because I wasn't entirely sure when it would be published. And the last time I sold a story, which was to a token payment market, I ran around and told the world how gleeful I was, and then everybody wanted to know when my story would be published so they could join in the celebration. And it got kind of embarrassing after a while to admit that, well, I didn't actually know, but I totally swear I wasn't hallucinating it or anything.

And this morning, as soon as I saw that it was online and all official-like, I went and bought my affiliate membership in the SFWA, because (1) it let me check off one of the smaller ticky boxes on "nerdy shit I want to accomplish before I die" and (2) I just can't resist the fun of being able to claim that John Scalzi is my professional overlord, and least kind of sort of. Though of course the real reason is that the SFWA is an incredibly important organization that hauls a lot of water for its members, and it's a good place to go if you're interested in writing science fiction and/or fantasy, and maybe some day making a career of it.

Of course, there is no such thing as perfection, particularly not in connection with something as messy as life. Just to keep me from floating off like a little glee-filled balloon, this morning Loki (the cute but stupid cat) decided to eat an enormous rubber band. So I've been following him around the house all day in anticipation of him gracing the carpet with rubber-band-filled kitty vomit. I did talk to my vet and he said for now, that's all I can really do... hope that it comes out of one end or the other and doesn't get stuck in between. So please keep your fingers crossed for me on this one. I'd really rather Loki not hoover up my new earnings with a vet bill, but what can I say. He's a helper like that.



( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 12th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
Wow, congrats, that's huge! Here's to many more published stories! ^_^
Aug. 12th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
Good story, I enjoyed it!
Aug. 13th, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
Oh, wow. Beautiful. Congratulations!! :D
Aug. 13th, 2010 06:49 am (UTC)
Congratulations. Haven't had a chance to read the story yet (late waking up, now at work), but will endeavour to read it soonest.
Aug. 15th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
Hopefully you enjoy it when you read it. :) I've gotten some very positive responses so far! :D
Aug. 13th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm so excited for you! And...ummm...wow. You write amazingly well.
Aug. 15th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Aug. 13th, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
wow! that's so awsum =) have it up on my browser.

btw, as for the rubber band, if it comes out the other end, it'll have a handy, dandy rubber loop for a handle =)
Aug. 15th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
LOL. Or bouncy poops. XD

Hopefully you enjoy the story!
Aug. 14th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
I've read it. It's good. Very good. I think the beginning could perhaps use some polishing, but after the first few paragraphs it rolls along really nicely.

tooticky (reading over my shoulder) also sends her congratulations. :)
Aug. 15th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
Aug. 14th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
Aug. 15th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
Aug. 14th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I read it; it must have taken a lot of work to get it down to short story length.

That's a scary world you've created. I'm especially disturbed by the implication that it was men who turned the stories into death and pain, and it took women to retell them and make things brighter. Not a critique, just an observation of what I took away. Once again, congratulations! (And you really are always first in alphabetical order, aren't you? lol)
Aug. 15th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
Actually, it started out a lot shorter and then it just sort of ballooned out over time, though eventually I had a tough time keeping it under 10,000 words.

It's actually supposed to more be a cultural divide rather than a gender one... the Destani (male and female) were the originators of the magic, and it was acquired and used for more nefarious purposes by another culture later on.
Aug. 15th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, since Safir's culture holds women in low esteem so that all the members of the Order are men, and her brother is what he is, it came across, at least to me, as a gender problem. While having the only sympathetic male character, Bashya, being a Destani sort of helps the male image and shows the cultural differences, having him be male almost feels like an afterthought.

Also, at the very end, Safir doesn't teach just anyone to read and tell nice, hopeful stories, she specifically teaches women and girls, and predicts that through their versions of stories they will change the world. When you add it all up, the gender markers are a lot stronger than the cultural markers.

I'm sorry, I don't really mean to criticize, it's just that I thought it may be worthwhile to show where my impressions differ from what you wanted them to be. I did enjoy the story very much :)
Aug. 15th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, there's nothing wrong with having different impressions. When the culture that's acquired the magic is basically misogynistic, that is a factor as well. Now, *why* it's such a misogynistic culture is a factor, but that's not explored in the story, because Safir wouldn't know. From her viewpoint, it's definitely about reaching women... but it's also just her viewpoint from within.
Aug. 18th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
Go you!
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