Remember that story I mentioned here? Back in the fall of 2007? The one that I asked you to wish good luck? (Thank you). The one in which I was writing characters from another culture/race?
The story was as a finalist/honorable mention in a big litmag’s contest recently. 🙂 This news was, psychically, much needed–it will be tacked up on the bulletin board next to my 95+ litmag rejections received in the last year!
The story was the first written from beginning to end after my stroke….the kernel of which was gifted to me by a friend. (Soooo many of my friends and my wonderful mother told me WONDERFUL stories during my recovery, in a bid to awaken the storytelling side of my brain). A few made it through to my psyche and spurred my idling imagination, like the story my friend told me about a childhood trip to his family’s Japanese farm.
I asked him if I could turn it into a story–and he gave me his blessing. I added characters, made up my own landscape, and changed the main character’s names and personalities but the kernel of the idea (a farm, a father, a son) is there. So grateful for the day he told me this story!
It took me over a year (nearly a year and a half) to write the story–frantic at first, then meandering, then put aside, then revised, then restructured, then rewritten, then carefully, then dreadfully…and I am so glad I took the risk to write such a story. As you know, the road back to writing was not always smooth.
And now I wish the story good luck as I continue to send it out, now with a piece of bling around its tiny arm.
Also, I heard in the past week that another one of my stories has been accepted for publication by a small but respectable Japanese litmag. This is when I wish I wasn’t so anonymous so I could give you more details on the contest and the litmag! 😛