April 6th, 2012
F is for FANGTALES! The first story I ever had accepted for publication is in this book!
FANGTALES was a fun anthology to write for – Wyvern Publications set a high bar for acceptance. They were looking for stories that featured traditional vampires, ones not found walking during the day, ones that feared things like garlic, holy water and the power of the cross. The requirement was we had to make it scary and we had to feature a new twist on a classic tale.
My story, SANCTUARY, is about a teenage boy facing a difficult decision as he sticks his neck on the line for the girl of his dreams. However, for my main character, doing what he feels is right will reveal a horrible truth.
FANGTALES came out in October 2011. I had originally viewed the call for submissions the previous October and just squeaked in by the submission deadline in January 2011. I remember trying to calculate the time difference between Colorado and the UK, just to make sure my story made it on time, teehee!
Whew, took me three months to write 5,200 words, but receiving that acceptance for publication let me know it’s okay that I’m not one of those writers who can whip a story out in like, two weeks. The only thing I control are things like, putting my best effort forward to tell the most amazing story I can and to get it done by deadline.
Having my story, SANCTUARY, accepted into the FANGTALES anthology prompted a celebration of sorts, hehe! My first publication! Sure, there were some family members a little worried that I had dared to explore the darker side of young adult fiction, hahaha! but once the initial horror wore off, the smiles and pats on the back (minus the worried looks in their eyes) felt nice, the congratulations, the requests for autographs (Yup, my inner dweeb totally dorked out on some of those first signings, lol!) and celebration gifts rolled in.
One of my favorite gifts to commemorate this special milestone was a vampire themed scarf made by a special fan. See, I love scarves, long, skinny, fluffy or wild of pattern, I love making them, I love wearing them. *confesses* I probably have more scarves than pairs of socks, lol!
My first publication prompted my first tradition, a new scarf for every new contract signed! Awesome! My favorite kind of publication prize, hehe!
Omgosh, you guys! I can’t wait to show you the one I received for TIDAL WHISPERS! It’s as if someone took the ocean, fish, plantlife, everything aquatic and knitted them up into this scarf!
So my friendly followers, what about you guys? Do you have anything special you do to commemorate any of your exciting milestones?