Posted tagged ‘leprechaun’

“Magic for Beantown” finds a home

May 22, 2019

This must be the good news week of the pendulum’s swing. I just learned that my story “Magic for Beantown” has been accepted by Aethlon and will appear in their next issue.

This is the story I’ve mentioned that may or may not have a leprechaun in it, and it’s the one that the editor had sent back to me twice for rewrites. (Another editor I know told me that the second request was a sign that he really wanted to use the story if he could get it in the shape he wanted.)

I have to format the story to the publication’s standards, which won’t be a problem, then send it back one last time.

I don’t know when the issue will come out, and it will be print only when it does. This is my third appearance in Aethlon, which kind of gives me warm fuzzies.

seeking magic

April 15, 2019

So I’ve mentioned here a couple of times that I have been working on a story that may or may not have a leprechaun in it. (It’s not that I’m not sure. Rather, it’s that the reader must see the suggestion and decide. I do refer to this character as an “Irish demigod,” so I don’t think there will be much doubt.) Another character wants something and suspects his friend may be able to magically grant it to him, but he’s not specific enuf in his wish, with ensuing, edifying consequences.

I’d sent this story to a journal that had accepted two of my other pieces (including one of the OMF chapters) with reasonable hope. The editor sent it back asking for some revisions. And so I revised the story and resubmitted it. Then, amazingly, the editor sent it back a second time asking for more rewriting. I say amazing not that the editor was still not satisfied but that he seemed to like the story enuf to want to keep working with me to get it in the shape he wanted.

I won’t say I faced an existential crisis, but ’twas a puzzlement. Nearly all of my stories that have been accepted were taken “as is.” Only a handful of times have editors ever asked for any revisions, and those revisions were always minor. So I wasn’t sure what was inside the editor’s mind. Did he want me to fine tune the story with a few changed words and additional bits of punctuation? Or did he want to see something fundamentally different? Knowing which was critical to making the best of this second opportunity he was giving me.

So I turned to a friend who had for many years been an editor of a respected literary journal and presented my near-existential crisis. He and I traded emails for a few days as I told him my situation and he provided his suggestions. (Bottom line: any journal editor who is giving a writer a second chance at a rewrite really likes the story and wants to make it work.)

In the end I chose the fine-tuning approach. Among the points my friend and I discussed were the notions that you have to believe in your story and you have to gauge how much you want to see it published in the given journal. While I would be proud to see my piece in this journal, I leaned toward being satisfied with what I had written. And it’s not as though the two are mutually exclusive. It’s possible that the subtly revised story will meet the editor’s needs and find a home there.

I sent it back to the editor over the weekend with fingers crossed (which I suspect is very weak magic). His past responses have been months in coming, so I don’t think I’ll hear anything about the story’s fate for a while.

(And I’m sure you can see the parallels between my character’s wish for a magical solution and my own with this story.)

regarding leprechauns and running

October 8, 2018

I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago that I was making notes about a story with a leprechaun in it. I want to say that I don’t write fantasy, and maybe by some definitions of the genre I don’t, but I just counted, and six of my twenty-nine published stories have a fantastic element that drives the plot, seven if you want to loop in science fiction. That’s more than the number of my stories that involve running as important to the plot, which surprises me.

I “finished” the new story, the one that involves the leprechaun (though you wouldn’t recognize him as such on a first reading, and he’s not the central character). This story doesn’t change the math though since it involves both fantasy and running.

I’m calling it “BQ,” which may mean something to a few of you. It’s made clear in the story what that references. Right now it sits at 2,200+ words though I think that may increase a bit as I fortify the growth of the character in the plot.

After I wrote the last words of the story — last words that came to me unbidden and really, really summed up the theme (as though by magic) — I gave the story a read through out loud and really liked what I heard. I realize this is tempting fate, being so confident about a story at such an early stage, but sometimes my stories do develop this way. I guess this is the story I had hoped to write during my week in Seattle; it just came to me in its own time.

So I’ll let it gestate for a while and continue to tinker with it. But I already have a journal in mind that I think will like it. Nice way to start a week.