It’s always a great feeling to wake up to a notification that one of my stories has been published!
I first started writing Genesis in December of 2015. I had just read a short story by the fabulous Maria Dahvana Headley, And the Winners Will Be Swept Out to Sea, and I was entranced by the style she used to tell the story. I wanted to see if I could do something similar.
The result was a rough draft of a story I titled Goodnight Nobody. After having some Beta readers take a look at it and a couple rounds of revisions, I started sending it out to various magazines. And it got rejected. A lot.
I finally enlisted the help of an editor, Kat Howard, and she gave me some really wonderful, insightful suggestions. Another few revisions later and I was still getting rejected. I submitted it for an apocalypse anthology, but it was going to be six months or more before they would make a decision. So, I waited and moved on to other projects.
Then I heard of Twisted Sister Lit Mag and thought I’d give it a shot. And they liked it! They really liked it! They weren’t thrilled with the title, though, so after a lot of thinking and brainstorming, I renamed the piece Genesis, which is actually a lot more fitting anyway.
Genesis was published today in Twisted Sister’s SURVIVAL issue. This is my first publication for this year, because I’ve been so focused on the book, I haven’t really been doing smaller pieces. I need to remedy that.