Second Prize in a Beauty Content

In a way, yes.

I’m still job hunting.  I got very close on a job I wanted very very much, but in the end after countless interviews, did not get.  I had a recent interview (phone and in person) for a great company and we’ll see where that goes.  I never give up hope until that last email comes.  There seem to be a lot of close calls lately, a lot of almosts.

I will have two short stories coming out in the next months, one in the Indiana Review and one in a new digital press. One is a story I’ve been trying to get published for a while.  It’s one that has placed in contests and gotten some attention here and there. Joyce Carol Oates gave it an honorable mention in a contest. The New Yorker rejected it, but with a small amount of encouragement to send more stuff.  But I couldn’t seem to find a place for it.  It didn’t need a re-write, I was sure of that, I still am. I like it how it is.  But it was perpetually winning second prize in a beauty content and getting $10.  The other I wrote much more recently, quickly, without over thinking it.  I sent it to a writer who started an online magazine and she liked it and wanted to publish it.  I’ve been trying to write a little bit everyday.  Like short short stories, to keep writing and to feel like I’m doing something. They always turn out kind of sad in a way, even when I’m not sad.  There is a new George Saunders short story collection I’m going to get my hands on. He’s a favorite. I read a review of the book, and you never really know if the reviewer will like what you like, but in it the reviewer says he’d pit Lorrie Moore’s Birds of American against James Joyce’s Dubliners in a steel cage match any day of the week.  And if you know who Lorrie Moore is then you know she would kick Joyce’s figurative and literal ass or go down trying.  None of this will make sense to some people.  But I knew it meant that if he liked the Saunders book, I would too.

That’s it for now.  The next posts are probably going to be little bits of fiction maybe. Non-fiction, at least my particular version, is super lame right now, so it will have to be make believe.

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2 Responses to “Second Prize in a Beauty Content”

  1. Cassondra says:

    Oooh, glad you’re getting published. I was a little worried when we didn’t hear from you for a month, but I suppose everyone gets busy through the holidays.

  2. Marian Allen says:

    I love your writing!! I’m so glad you’re getting published, so other people will get to share your work, too. 🙂 You shine like the stars. 🙂