This has been a pretty amazing past few weeks for me. “Threads: A Neoverse Anthology” seems to be doing pretty well, and…I got my books in the mail! I have physically held the book that a story I wrote was published in, and I am not sure there are words to describe that feeling.
It is one thing to think, “I want to be published one day,” and quite another to hold said publication in your hands. My stomach still fills with butterflies at the thought. However, seeing the books wasn’t even the coolest things in the box. Neoglyphic sent me an 8.5 x 11 inch print of my picture signed by the artist! I am not going to lie, I got a little misty-eyed looking at Jezebel wearing Theodore Erickson’s hat. It was such a nice gesture and something I think I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Here she is in all her hippo glory, so fabulous that I had to go out and get her a cool, new, black frame. I really underestimated the impact of seeing a character, formerly entirely in my head, come to life on the page. The artist, Eve Skylar, did a really great job with everyone’s artwork, but I am very partial to mine. Imagine that 🙂 I have put her in a place where I can see her when I am writing at my desk, as motivation for when the words don’t come out right. She is something from my head made visual, proof that, in however small of a way, my dreams have been actualized and that if I work hard enough, more might be.
Things Keep Happening
In other exciting news, I was interviewed for the Bremerton Patriot (Washington State) last Tuesday. That article came out on Friday, September 30th. My dad even texted me a picture of it from his Google newsfeed; that was pretty cool. So, that makes for two newspaper interviews that I never expected to happen. Funnily enough, I still haven’t decided how that makes me feel. Mostly, it brings on extreme bouts of anxiety- “Holy smokes! I don’t know how to answer ANY question without sounding like a moron!” However, both the Whitman County Gazette article and the Patriot articles were lovely. Crisis, so far, averted. Whew! (Trust me, if anyone knows how to put her foot in her mouth, it is me).
I am currently working on another short story for a local competition, so I will let you know how that all shakes out. Malcolm Brooks, the author of “Painted Horses” is coming to the Palouse in November, and they are having a writing contest to celebrate (maybe, okay, probably not, but it sounded really good in my head). However, the entries have to be 800 words or less, AND…the theme is “Sacred Places.” There is nothing like trying to describe how a character’s soul is healed, let alone why it needed healing to begin with, in a page and a half double spaced. However, that’s why I want to do it. I didn’t think I could write a story in less than 5,000 words last year, so hope springs eternal.
I am still chugging away at the Writer’s Market book I checked out from the library. I am hoping that gives me a better idea of how to move forward with the larger Theodore Erickson book. I finally reached the agent section, which made me break out in cold sweats, but I am determined to locate each one that might be an option for me in my future writing endeavors. Then, I will attack the seemingly thousands of publishers, and so on until I conquer this behemoth book.
That’s All Folks!
Well, I think that about covers everything this week. I hope you are all enjoying the beginning of fall. I FINALLY got my Halloween decorations up, so my house feels less naked now. Even better, October is the best month to read scary books. If you have any suggestions, let me know- you can tweet me @S_A_Rohrbaugh or just message me through the website. Happy reading!