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I've been meaning to post this for a month, now, but life has been really hectic.

Tomorrow, June 1st, my very first science fiction short story will be published! 

(okay, it's not my first story, but it IS my first professional sale.)

It's being published in Crossed Genres Magazine.  They've got a really cool gimmick going.  They publish science fiction and fantasy stories, and every month they have a different theme.  Previous themes have included "Eastern," "Antihero," "Steampunk," and "LGBTQ" to name just a few.  Submissions for short fiction must be both science fiction/fantasy AND match the current theme.  

The theme in April was "Gadgets & Artifacts." I wracked my brain for two months to find a good idea for that theme, but couldn't come up with anything that truly caught me, until the 26th.  I'd pretty much given up on the idea of submitting for this theme, and was sifting through some old files on my netbook when I found an old writing exercise I'd done six months ago and tossed aside.  It was basically me improvising, not making a lot of sense, just moving from paragraph to paragraph and knocking out a silly scene that featured a robot cat designed to look after a little girl.

It was perfect!  A few tweaks and it would be exactly what I needed.  Trouble was, the ABSOLUTE deadline for submissions was Friday the 30th, which gave me five days to write, edit, and submit.  It took me the rest of Monday to hammer out a fresh outline, Tuesday and Wednesday to write the first draft, and Thursday to edit it through three revised versions, then I sent it out to friends for quick critiques and proofreads, and I didn't get most of them back until Friday night, so I wound up with five hours to make final revisions, put it in an acceptable manuscript format, and fill out the online submissions form.  

I made it with one hour to spare, and that was only because the Borders where I was working on it was about to close.

I wasn't actually expecting it to get accepted.  I'd written the thing in only five days, after all.  I was just really happy that I'd finally gotten off my butt and submitted something professionally.  The best I was hoping for was a rejection letter with any sort of critique from the editor.

But it sold.  :D

It goes online tomorrow morning in issue #19.

I got the answer back in just three days, and a lot of the following week was spent making revisions and dreaming up an author's bio.  Since then, I've been making a few changes to my life.  Getting published was just the kick in the ass that I've needed.  I've been rearranging my life to center more around writing and getting published.  I started a new Twitter account to follow writing magazines and other writers, I reconstructed my facebook page, I've given up video games entirely (almost three weeks and counting...) and soda, and I'm working on keeping my apartment and my life more organized so that my brain works more creatively.  I went back and got a new subscription to Writers' Digest Magazine (the magazine that taught me everything I know about fiction writing when I was growing up) and researched the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to learn how to qualify, and researched more than a dozen Science Fiction and Fantasy magazines where I can sell more work.

I've been busy.  :)

For a short time, I considered moving my blog from Livejournal to some other blogging service, but in the end decided to stay here.  I like this place.  I like the people here.  I'm going to be focusing much more on the original purpose, though - that of the professional writing life.

I'll be catching up on all my old friends really soon.  I'm going to be purging the list of groups that I follow to shorten my friends page reading.  Less time available, now.  :)

Updates soon.

Oh, and my new Twitter page is here, and my Facebook is here.

Talk to you all again, soon!


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 31st, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!! This is so amazing, and I am super happy/excited for you!! :D

I'm going to follow you on Twitter, jsyk.
May. 31st, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)

I'm following your Twitter, too. :)
May. 31st, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
This is tremendous! Many many congratulations! This is awesome and you deserve awesome.

I'm going to follow that Twitter--I use it more than anything now, hope to see more of you!
May. 31st, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
I'm so proud of you - way to go!
Jun. 1st, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
Congrats! This is wonderful! :D
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