Who Says You Can’t Go Back?

These past few months I’ve gone back to submitting some of my short stories for publication. Maybe to some it seems like a step back, but I’m content with the  short stories I write. I really am. Becoming distracted by novel writing these past five years or so, I allowed several finished and unfinished stories to fall to the wayside. I wish now I hadn’t. Last winter I submitted a short piece to Understory Magazine and it was published in their Winter Issue. The story was titled “The Old Queen Rains.” For those of you who might not have already read it I’ve added the link. HERE. I can’t deny it’s a wonderful feeling to have someone say they want to publish something I’ve written. These acceptances are so few and far between when writing novels. I’m a SLOOOW writer. But slow and steady as they say…..

I just received word on the weekend that another short story I’d submitted to TRANSITION , a magazine published by the Saskatchewan Mental Health Society , has been accepted. I’ve had work published there in the past. If you click into the “Publications” tab,  at the top of the page, and scroll down you’ll find some of these issues online. The link won’t take you directly to my story but, rather, the issue of the magazine. You’ll need to scroll through the magazine to find mine. I know, it’s a lot of work!

It seemed a shame to know that I had competed stories just sitting there in files on my computer. A story that sits idle will never find a home. I’m happy to know this particular story will be published. It deals with the issue of euthanasia, a very controversial topic. I like controversy in writing, it’s so, I don’t know, controversial. I enjoy writing stories that make people stop and think or perhaps show them a different viewpoint. Having an open mind, considering something you’ve never stopped to consider, is never a bad thing in my opinion.

So, yeah, I’m going back to submitting short stories. It doesn’t mean I won’t continue to work on novels, because I will. I’m keeping an open mind. The writing will find me one way or another. I don’t pick the story I want to write, but rather, the story picks me.

So here’s to going back, to keeping an open mind, not setting a straight path, but following a path that sometimes meanders a little bit. Sometimes the best things happen when we least expect them, and often when we don’t have anything particular in mind.



What’s up?

Despite the many snowstorms we had this winter, time seems to be flying. And so is my book—- minus moi, that is.  Here’s a photo that came to me from my Facebook friend Kitty Zinck on a recent trip she made to Jamaica. She assured me that she and my book had an “awesome time.” Nothing like rubbing it in, Kitty. But I’ll forgive you since you found room in your suitcase for Cammie and Aunt Millie. 😉

"Flying " to Jamacia.

“Flying ” to Jamaica.

Also, you can read my short story, “The Old Queen Rains that has been published in the winter issue of Understorey Magazine. While you’re there you might want to check out the rest of the magazine. It features the work of women from across Nova Scotia, and I think that’s a truly great thing.

Tomorrow is the first day of March. Just typing that out makes me want to say “What?”   Yet, there are hints of spring around us and a noticeable difference in our daylight hours. I’m excited for spring. I’m sure you all are, too. Spring always fills me with a sense of hopefulness. I immediately want to start new projects and plant things in the ground. March will also see the official release of “Flying With a Broken Wing” in the US. I can hardly wait!

So here’s to spring— new life, new hope, and warmer weather!


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