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SQUEEEEEE!!! (a.k.a. I'm Published Again!!!)

The (Cyber) Bag of Weasels

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

SQUEEEEEE!!! (a.k.a. I'm Published Again!!!)

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About a month back, I was perusing the Duotrope Digest site (fan-freakin-tastic site for all you writers looking to publish your stuff) and happened to glance at the theme calendar and saw an entry for an upcoming anthology called Magic and Mechanica that was looking for high fantasy stories involving machines. Only a few weeks earlier, I'd finished Cogs (f-locked) for Bobby for our anniversary, and it pretty much fit the description of what they were looking for to the letter. So I thought, "Why the hell not? I'll send it in." Normally, I obsess over, angst about, and continuously revise stories for at least a year before even considering publication, but this seemed too great an opportunity to pass up.

The worst they could say is no, right?

But they didn't. They said yes!!!

I just got the email about five minutes ago! I had to first have a squeefest with Bobby, who--along with one other online friend--was the only person who knew that I'd sent the story in for consideration. I just wasn't up to the show of sympathy for my inevitable (I thought) rejection. This is the first story I've sent in to a magazine since my university years. And--aside from my fanfic in Aiglos and Olórë Mallë earlier this year--this is the first story I've had published since then. I spent several years disillusioned with writing and particularly with publishing and really only got back into writing original stuff last spring.

I was nervous, being as this was my first time testing the waters after numerous rejections of my literary (*gag*) stuff right after graduating university.

But I kept thinking, "The worst they can say is no, right?"

But they didn't They said yes!!!

I'm so excited! :^D

It's going to be a print anthology as well as a downloadable PDF. And this is not my first time seeing my work in print, but it is the first time I've ever been in a book.

SQUEEEE!!!
  • Dawn, that is amazing. I am so happy for you! That is really great.
  • You rock! Yays!
  • Awesome! Mazel tov! High five!
  • congrats!!!!! :D that's great news! :)
  • Wonderful news! Congrats :D
  • Yay! Congratulations! (That's you and Bobby tonight, I'm guessing)
    • Ha! Not quite yet! I told Bobby that we will celebrate with a good dinner out and use my teensy bit of pay for the story to buy a good bottle of wine. :^P
  • Congratulations! That's BRILLIANT. I'm so happy for you.

    *hugs*
  • Hearty congratulations!!!!

    I´ll take a peek at the site you linked, BTW.
    • Thank you! :)

      Duotrope Digest? I really recommend it! I don't know if you have The Novel and Short Story Writers' Market in your part of the world, but it's basically the same thing but about one hundred times easier to search. And more up to date. And just ... awesome! :^P
  • SQUEEEE indeed! Congratulations, best wishes, and a hearty Booyah on getting published!

    Normally, I obsess over, angst about, and continuously revise stories for at least a year before even considering publication...

    Hmmmm, so maybe the outcome of Cogs might just indicate that you should have more confidence in your writing? :^)

    It may be that there's a perception in The Milieu of [Troy McClure voice] "Hi, I'm Dawn Felagund. You might know me from such famous fan fics as Another Man's Cage...[/Troy McClure voice], but personally, I love up your o-fic and am eager to read more. I will also advise the Felagund f-listers that You really ought to check out Dawn's o-fic if you haven't already! I hope the publication of Cogs encourages you to charge ahead.

    my literary (*gag*) stuff

    Oh, I don't know about gagging. You infuse the literary into your genre writing rather nicely in my opinion. There are some pretty successful authors who pull that off...*cough* Margaret Atwood *cough*

    • First of, thank you for the o-fic pimpage. I think that my o-fic looks cute there on the corner, wearing a mini skirt and stiletto heels!

      Hmmmm, so maybe the outcome of Cogs might just indicate that you should have more confidence in your writing? :^)

      Touché! ;) It might be hard to believe, as one privy to my frequent angsts about my stories, but I'm actually about 100 times more confident in my writing than I was this time two years ago. I practically gave myself an ulcer every Friday, posting Draft One of AMC.

      Oh, I don't know about gagging. You infuse the literary into your genre writing rather nicely in my opinion. There are some pretty successful authors who pull that off...*cough* Margaret Atwood *cough*

      I love to read (some) literary stuff. Margaret Atwood and Joyce Carol Oates are probably my idols as far as writing goes. Of course, Atwood does plenty of speculative/sci-fi stuff, and Oates has written some of the scariest horror stories I've ever read.

      But I'm afraid that my literary stuff is fairly awful. Though, to be fair, I haven't really tried out-and-out literary in about four to five years now. Hopefully, I'd be better than I was then. Still, even when I was a supposed "literary writer" and turned my nose up at "genre," I got in trouble in creative writing class for writing something "science fiction." Ooops ... :^P

      (Incidentally, I was inspired heavily by Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, which I used in the defense of my story ... and got credit for it. Ha.)
  • *squeeeees* Congrats girl, big thumbs up! Sometimes you just have to take that jump and see what happens!
    • I did. I did it with AMC, which brought me to this point, now with this, which has launched me back into the wild world of publishing fiction, I guess. :^P

      I'm glad I did both. :)

      And thank you! *hugs*
  • AWESOME!! Congratulations!
  • At this point and just to be original, I'll say it in Spanish: Felicitaciones!!!
    After reading your stories for around a year now, I'll agree with Pandemonium, you shouldn't doubt your writing. The stories are great and you write beautifully.
    • ¡Muchos gracias! :^D

      You and Pandemonium didn't know me back when every Friday I would spend in a mild state of terror because Friday was the day I posted AMC, and every week, I was convinced that someone would catch on and inform me 1) I sucked as a writer and 2) I had no business attempting to entertain anyone with my so-called stories.

      I'm glad not to be quite that tedious anymore!

      The kind words and support mean so much!
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    I am so glad for you! *jumpy* *big hug*

    ellynn
    • Ellynn! *glomps* I need to email you! Until then, thank you! (And I miss you and hope you and yours are doing well! :)
  • WOO! Way to go, Dawn! Congratulations!!!
  • This is most excellent news! Totally deserves a squee fest. I'm going to look the story up in your LJ and print it right away, since I haven't had the chance to read it thus far. (gah! It so irks me when RL gets in the way of my reading your stories. I promised myself that I wouldn't miss a single one.)

    Many congrats to you and I am happy to hear that your writing is properly appreciated. Also, if the story is going to be part of a book, it means that even more people will have access to it, which is wonderful. The published world definitely needs more writers like you.

    *mwah*
    • Awwww, Alina! *hugs* Here's a sexy, half-nekkid Nelyo for your kind words. >:^)

      My stories aren't going anywhere, so you have as long as you need to read them. I think you'll like "Cogs," though; the ideas it conveys are certainly up both our alleys.

      I missed your birthday, which is awful of me! So happy really belated birthday ... any story requests?? (Since the last one inspired a novella and all, I'm guarded in asking you that. :^P)
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