It’s always exciting to have your work solicited, and while it doesn’t always work out, CAUSTIC FROLIC at NYU loved “Her Story” and published it in their 2019 annual issue. Big, big thanks to senior fiction editor Jacob Anthony Moniz, whom I met when he was working at CATAMARAN LITERARY READER in Santa Cruz.
The story is about the different stories we tell ourselves and others to explain the past, in this case the different stories a character on the brink of a marriage proposal tells herself about her first marriage. I never did come up with a better title than “Her Story.”
I publish a lot online, so it's fun to get a print journal in the mail. Especially when it’s beautifully produced like CAUSTIC FROLIC, with great cover art (embroidery by Sydney Kleinrock).
It's also exciting to get paid for a story, which is happening more often than it used to, but still doesn't happen often. ($100 this time.)
A magazine I would really like to have gotten into said they'd been about to accept "Her Story" when I withdrew it after CAUSTIC FROLIC accepted it. They rejected the next story I sent them, so that was disappointing. Submissions require so much energy. I just read an article by Alison Kinney in LONGREADS about the physical and emotional effects of rejection, and it's a wonder that writers can function at all.