Rejection to Redemption: A Short Story About Persistence in Writing Short Stories

The email notification pinged softly on my phone as we crossed the North Carolina border. “Your story ‘Shakti’ is one of the finalists….” “That’s great,” said my Laddie when I read the message aloud. I shrugged and turned back to the cornfields beyond the window, surrendering to the creative malaise that consumed me all that … More Rejection to Redemption: A Short Story About Persistence in Writing Short Stories

Success in Failure: or, an Oddly Empowering Rejection

At the end of 2016, I submitted a short story for a science fiction anthology. If you’ve kept up with my ramblings, you’ll know that the short story format presents huge challenges to me. But I thought this particular effort turned out well. Ambitious in its narrative scope, the story packed a lot of complexity … More Success in Failure: or, an Oddly Empowering Rejection