Recently, I attended a family funeral. When I returned home, a story idea came to me and I began writing. First draft, second draft, and I think I’ve got it just the way I want it. Thank you, Jake, Editor of The Monarch Review, for publishing this heartfelt story. I dedicate it to Aunt Margaret. May you rest in peace.
Fresh Pressed Despair is published on Blue Lake Review. Click to read.
I’m changing my ways. I had a couple of stories on Smashwords for over a year. Those were published with my real name. You won’t find my pen name there. Those stories are now unpublished. Next step, delete account. My publication experience has been much better in the authentic literary world. I’m staying there. Goodbye, Smashwords. It didn’t work out.
I thought I was out of story ideas. Back to writers’ block or worse, just bad writing. A family member died. After it all, I realized there was a story in that experience. Not the usual funeral and death story, but an odd one. As a result, “Going to the End” is my newest creative non-fiction story. Next, I’ll get around to looking for a literary magazine that seems a good match. Let’s see if the 100% post-Sicily writing and publications continues.
A little over a year ago I created this blog. My original intent was to publish on Smashwords and make a “ton” of money. At least, that’s what some authors I read about were doing. I posted three CNF short stories there. I didn’t get rich. In fact, I wound up offering my stories for free.
With that said, (have you noticed how much these three words are getting used these days?), I decided to try my luck submitting to literary magazines. Still didn’t get rich, but my clicks for one of those stories was 6:1 compared to Smashwords. You know, if you have been following my blog, the whole “Sicily thing.” It’s been good, real good.
For now, it seems I am back on a writing hiatus. The last story I wrote was in December. I’m just doing other things that I like to do. When a story comes into my head, I’ll stop and write it. Until then, watch for upcoming publications. Two are on the horizon.
Seven creative nonfiction stories-all the result of something in Sicily. Seven months later all have been accepted for publication. 100% accepted! I am thrilled. The stories before Sicily? Publications? Zero. Yep, nothing.
Well, I am not the only writer inspired by time spent in Sicily. Many before me discovered something as well. Read an interesting article online in Times of Sicily. Hmm, has me wondering. What do you think?
We Were Outsiders, a short story about my high school class reunion, published in Black Mirror Magazine’s December issue.
P. M. Merlot.