When we got back I got to check my mail and found....
I made a story sale! Yay me! it is to an anthology - an actual PRINT anthology called "Desolate Places".
its really exciting to think that I've sold something.. and that it will be in a form that I can hold in my hands. Whoop!
and! and! ....
my MondayNight Writing Friend: chronicpaint will also be in there too. OMG. We worked on our stories together - they are both very different - but reviewed and whacked at them.
Funny thing, about 3 weeks before the deadline, I spent an hour rattling on and on about the story idea I had for the submission call. Then I got sick and started taking that damned medication (prednisone). During that week I spent a lot of time writing an incoherent, rambling story... which I showed to chronicpaint (SGK) TWO damned days before it was due. SGK looked at it and said: "ummm.... what happened to the story you told me about? Ummmm... this doesn't really um... well. it kind of goes off on a tangent. And it really isn't anything like what you described." (translation: wtf?)
It really wasn't. Somewhere in my sick mind the story had become completely different. And completely a mess. As he was telling me this, I realized he was right. Whatever I had written during the week plus of being ill was terrible. .. most of it. So I started to rewrite it then and there.. as SGK was talking. Finally, after 2 days of rewriting at a completely frantic pace, I got the story I wanted and had envisioned. I didn't really have much time to get it fixed up or reviewed - SGK said a few words (much better!) and my dearest cinnabari got to point out some of the shining mistakes. Basically, I thought: "damn. this story is great for this call, but I don't have time to do much reviewing/editing. Oh well.." Off it went, just hours before the deadline. THAT is what I ended up doing Halloween.... rewriting with a fury. Tripping on the formatting and writing my guts out.
guess it worked. I'm so happy! :D
and. I've still got a bit of this cold. Sore throat. sigh. Not bad though. Before I left I went to see the doc: Bronchitis. Throat infection (reaction to the meds). I got MORE meds... which made me sick. so right now: nothing. I stopped taking them. Hopefully it will be a better solution vs the round of illnesses brought about by steroids/antibiotics. I can hope anyway.