Sometimes the best of intentions are waylaid. I was really looking forward to the AWP Conference in Washington, D.C. this week. A seminar packed with great panel discussions, new indie book releases and signings, fantastic evening readings at quirky venues all over the city. I’d been amped up for this since last fall.
But Mother Nature had other plans. Milwaukee was deluged with one of its worst blizzards ever. Without getting into too many details, suffice to say, the conference is not in my future; at least this year. And I didn’t get stuck in Detroit, or Chicago.
I’ve been busy writing and had several publications, so I will offer those links below. First, let me explain a recent high. In 2010, I submitted over a dozen times to a top- tier online magazine, Elimae. Now understand, when I use the words “top tier” they are subjective. There is no standard operating procedure manual that lists the top 20 magazines to submit to. But I study these sites like a hawk. I watch what magazine is publishing whose work every month. And I have been patient, accepting each former rejection as impetus to find just that right piece that would be a good fit for Elimae.
Then, in December, I was notified of an acceptance! Elimae took my flash piece, 10,000 Dollar Pyramid for their February issue! Also, this serendipity adds that this issue happens to be their 15th Anniversary issue! (That’s a dinosaur in terms of longevity for an online magazine). I was (am) elated.
But my excitement doesn’t end there. I’m also a member of an invitation-only writer site called Fictionaut. I posted this same story here:
Within 24 hours, it had been read over 50 times, commented on more than any other piece I’ve ever posted there (I’ve posted ten prior) and shot up the list of Fictionaut’s “recommended” stories to #1! The top position of every story submitted. And a completely new experience for me. I am still reeling from the excitement.
Perhaps this is why I was meant to stay home from D.C.?
Thanks to everyone for the support, insightful comments, motivating feedback. I am forever grateful.
Here are the links to some pieces of mine published in December, 2010 and January 2011. Please feel free to comment here or at the sites if you so desire:
The Comet Train at Fix It Broken Robert Vaughan – Fix It Broken
Two- Wheelin at Magnolia’s Press “Two-Wheeling,” Robert Vaughan | Magnolia’s Press
Say Yes at IBAS- Say Yes by Robert Vaughan « In Between Altered States
Beckoning- Short, Fast & Deadly Beckoning – Short, Fast, and Deadly
Best of 2010 Anthology (print): Short, Fast, and Deadly: Buy Print Editions
Proposal at Steel Toe Review “Proposal” by Robert Vaughan | Steel Toe Review
Bear Necessities at Indigo Rising Indigo Rising Magazine
Clueless at Amphibi.us 2010 December 11 | amphibi.us
Last Exit From Liberty at Pure Slush Last Exit from Liberty – Pure Slush
Blowing Bubbles at New Wave Vomit 162
One Night Out at Clutching at Straws One Night Out « Clutching at Straws
And several stories at 52/250 (and check out the others if you have a few hours!)
I would be remiss if I failed to mention the fantastic support and feedback I receive from the Tuesday roundtable group at Redbird- Redoak. An amazing gift for any writer, to participate in an insightful, committed group.
Also, we finally launched Flash Fiction Fridays at WUWM! Here is the link to listen to the January show where local authors Kim Suhr and Guy Yasko read their work:
If you are interested and want to submit a story for consideration, please use this form and thanks to Stephanie Lecci for her support of this adventure:
If you are able to join us, please come hear a reading at Cafe Fixx in St. Francis:
I won’t be reading, but will attend to hear those who are!
Happy writing and reading! If you travel soon, be safe. Stay warm. Hugs all around.