RB – My First Published Story!

So for anyone who saw my last update and was like, “Man, what brought her out of the woodwork all of a sudden?”, I can now with full confidence share my EXCITING NEWS:

I have sold my first short story to an honest-to-goodness Ezine!!!

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My story Standing With Centaurs will be coming out in the Summer 2020 issue of Deep Magic, a great publication focusing on clean fantasy and science fiction stories! This isn’t a story I’ve shared on my site, primarily because I was really hopeful it would get published someday and ezines usually ask for exclusive printing rights for a period of time. They just released the cover art for the issue today:

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Deep Magic Website: https://deepmagic.co/

(This cover has nothing to do with my story, but dang it’s pretty!)

I’m so excited! This will be my first time EVER being published outside of school collections! Not to mention the first time I’ve been paid for my writing. And the really funny thing? I submitted that story a YEAR ago. I submitted it to a few different places, and when I didn’t hear back, I assumed they’d felt it wasn’t for them. I got distracted by other projects and forgot about my writing for a while (one reason why ya’ll haven’t heard from me in some time!) To have them reach out to me NOW, even taking the extra trouble to contact me through Facebook when the original email got stuck in my work email (which I can’t access while on furlough), is such a humbling blessing! I think the lesson is to be patient and not give up; you never know when God’s timing will come around!

I will keep ya’ll up to date as I learn more about the exact release date! It will be available through Amazon, and if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can go back and read some of their previous issues for free! I’m doing that now and lemme tell ya, the second story in Issue 68 is a heartwarming tearjerker. I’m so honored to be included in this awesome publication!

OTHER UPDATES:

  • I have updated the first three stories in the Dennis & Bruce Adventures series (which seriously needs renaming). Technical Difficulties has seen the most significant change. Also, the story I’m getting published involves the original alien race I used in this series, so might be a fun way to familiarize yourself with them! 😉
    Technical Difficulties   –    The First Marker   –    Eggs and Spaceships 
  • If you’re in the My Little Pony fandom, or just like cute cartoon chinchillas, I did some of the official artwork for Trotcon Online that is happening this weekend! I will also be vending. It’s free to stream, so come on by!
  • I plan to re-upload all of The Sofa In The Lake, a story I wrote for a prompt challenge on here years ago. I loved how that story came out, and have fleshed it out significantly since then, so I believe it merits some fresh attention on the front page. I may also try submitting that one to some short story collectives, though, but I will let you know if that is the case!

It’s been such a great week! I hope you all are also doing well in spite of the craziness of this year. God bless and keep reading and writing!

~Jenn/River

 

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