Through the ages

I recently submitted one of my short stories to an online magazine that was looking for pieces that fit with their upcoming theme. (A handy feature of Duotrope’s Digest is the deadline calendar that shows the themes various magazines are seeking. Check it out, and then bookmark it.) The theme’s two words happened to correspond exactly with two of the three words in my story’s title, so I was pretty sure I was on the mark.

It’s a retelling of a Greek myth, done with a comic voice, and I consider it a companion piece to my story “Moron Saturday,” the link for which you can find in my sidebar.

So as I said, I submitted it, and I received a response from the editor saying she liked my story and was hoping to use it but that I needed to consider making certain changes to it. She listed the changes that her editors thought might improve the story.

As I said, my story is a retold Greek myth, and I think I went a bit overboard in my incorporation of every detail from the original story that I could make a correspondence for. The editor pointed out much of that as extraneous, and I think she is right, to a point. I’ll follow these suggestions pretty thoroughly, and reduce the word count by a couple hundred words at least.

One suggested change I don’t intend to make is the ending. Inasmuch as this is based on an existing story, I don’t think I can simply revise thousands of years of story continuity. Not and remain true to what I am trying to do. The whole story, mine and the Greeks’, works toward that ending.

So I’m working on the rewrite now, and I’ll do everything I think I can with it. Then I will send it in. I suppose I will give an explanation of what and why and why not, and then I’ll cross my fingers.

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