Wednesday, September 8, 2010

WIP Wednesday: On Magic

Sometimes, I make up silly stories and they just don't "work". For some reason, the oddments and bits don't gel; they don't come together and construct a cohesive whole. When it does work, it borders on magic. Writers--especially those who write speculative fiction--know the feeling.

Sometimes, I wait until I arrive at school to check my email inbox.

Today, I received an acceptance from Shimmer for my short story, "The House was Never a Castle".

Today, I nearly had a heart attack in my classroom. Thank goodness school had yet to start.

I've lost track of my submissions to Shimmer. I'm sure the total is embarrassingly high. I'm not the sort who cranks a home run on his first at bat. Maybe better that I'm not. But today I feel like words can work magic.

*So, yeah, I have this work in progress on a short piece involving a barge on the Congo River, an almost man who eats beetles, and a monster in the water...just sayin' since it's technically WIP Wednesday.

20 comments:

Doug Murano said...

Well done sir! And well deserved.

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks, Doug.

Barry Napier said...

Very cool. I know I have sent at least 7 stories their way, always with a no in response. Well done!

Sarah said...

Congratulations!

Amanda C. Davis said...

:D

Aaron Polson said...

Barry - Shimmer is a narrow doorway, to be sure.

Thanks, Sarah.

Amanda - ;)

Alan W. Davidson said...

Hey, congrats on Shimmer, Aaron!

More evidence that perseverence pays off (and a ton or writerly skill helped you a bit as well).

Cate Gardner said...

Outstanding sale. I've racked up an embarrasing amount of Shimmer no's too.

onipar... said...

Awesome news! Can't wait to read it. Yeah, Shimmer has read plenty of my work as well... :-P

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks, Alan. I think it's evidence that perseverance builds those skills. Maybe.

Cate - I'm floored. Thanks.

Anthony - Thanks. Shimmer so...well, shimmery.

Jeremy D Brooks said...

Very cool...

Jodi Lee said...

Awesome, Aaron! Congratulations!

Natalie L. Sin said...

Huzzah! : )

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks, Jeremy & Jodi.

Aaron Polson said...

Huzzah, Natalie!

katey said...

HUGE.

Man, I love Shimmer so hard. Cannot wait.

Also ling the sound of the WIP :D

Damien Walters Grintalis said...

Congratulations!!!

Milo James Fowler said...

Congrats!! I've also had work rejected by Shimmer, and the warmest response I received said my story was "long-winded", but they liked the "amiable voice", "subject matter", and "fun idea". So close, yet so far.

Anyhow, yours is the kind of email a teacher doesn't mind waiting for him in the morning!

K.C. Shaw said...

That's fantastic! Congratulations!! Wow! The closest I came to a Shimmer acceptance was note from the slush reader that she liked the story and would pass it along to the acquiring editor, but that he/she would probably not like it. Which was the case.

I'm glad you didn't actually have a heart attack in the classroom. :)

Michael Stone said...

Lovely!