Friday, May 8, 2009

End of a long journey

The Glass Jar has been picked up for publication in the October issue of Fissure magazine. I wouldn't have written about this, but this story started 12 years ago. I was still in college for God's sake. It has undergone more revisions than anything else I have ever written and even underwent more revisions while it was under consideration from this editor (bless her soul). I believe this story is the first rejection I ever received, a personalized rejection from Gordon Van Gelder (which still sits in a file in my cabinet) at F&SF. Still I knew it would find a home and it has. I look forward to seeing how it is presented and even more thankful that this story's journey is at an end.

Now to the business at hand. I think I have a good start on a 16-20,000 word MG story as I plug away on another MG adventure which is looking to be about 28,000 words long. nothing like spreading yourself thin. My short story front is thin right now. I have a couple of ghost stories sloshing around my skull, aging like a fine whiskey. I hope they don't turn rancid on me before I tap my brain and release them into my electronic shotglass.

Hope everyone has a good day, it is Friday after all. Pour yourself a cold one and belly up to the keyboard and have some fun today.

Oh, and before I forget, I will be posting this next week as well, Ruthless Peoples Magazine comes out with issue number 3 next week (the 14th to be exact) and my story "Wine for Two" is featured. I hope everyone downloads it and lets me know what they think. It is a little different than my usual. Don't worry, I will remind everyone when it comes out.

12 comments:

Barry Napier said...

Congrats! Always a good feeling to have an old familiar story finally picked up!

Catherine J Gardner said...

I disagree, the story's journey is only just starting. Congrats again, Jamie.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Thanks Barry and Cate- and Cate, if this is just the beginning for this story I'm screwed. I don't handle long trips that well anymore.

Aaron Polson said...

Whew. That is the best feeling...an acceptance for one of those old tales you just know needs to be read.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Aaron- I liked the premise behind the story so well I couldn't let it go, so I kept changing it every couple of months. I don't know if I ever got it right, but I must have gotten it close enough.

Natalie L. Sin said...

Congrats!

And I love your shot-glass analogy ; )

Jamie Eyberg said...

Nat- I guess I was just really thirsty yesterday, although I didn't do anything about it. ;)

K.C. Shaw said...

Congrats on the sale! Sometimes the longest journeys are the best. :)

BT said...

Congrats on the sale.

Any chance of rubbing a few of those ghost story ideas off in this direction...

Danielle Ferries said...

Fantastic news! Well done.

Carrie Harris said...

Holy shmoley. How do you keep TRACK of all this awesomeness?

Jamie Eyberg said...

Carrie- you never forget your first rejection letter. Especially if it is signed by an editorial legend.