Any writer will tell you it is a wonderful thing when you can announce that your work will be published. I have had the joy of getting not one but two things accepted by two different publications in the last month!
First my short story – My Mount Greenwood Home, a ghost story – was accepted for the next edition of the Tallgrass Anthology, coming out this fall. I was thrilled.
Then, about a week later, my phone rang. “Have you checked your email? You’re in!” said the president of my writers group. Three of us had done a impromptu salon to prepare things for this call. We all will have pieces published. We are contemplating doing a few more of these polishing sessions because the energy works.
My poem, Recipe, had been accepted by the Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks. I was elated!
So in doing the happy dance, I see that people like when I deal with death. Each of these stories (and yes I do consider a poem a story – just in short short form) has to do with death or dying. I had just finished my second book, The Canyon Clinic Murders, which is full of death.
The question is – is a theme building or am I building on a theme? Stay tuned for the answer. If the 107th Street Murder gets in print – we might have an answer.