I have posted before about a day that made me feel like a writer, and what a happy feeling that is.
I must record another fine day of that type. The following lovely things happened yesterday (in chronological order):
1) I am now listed on the Pacific Northwest Horror Writers website: http://www.horror-pnw.com/
2) Carrie posted the back cover for Cthulhurotica, and there is my name in big print on a book! http://cthulhurotica.com/2010/11/10/the-back-cover/
3) Carrie e-mailed the pdf proof for the book, and I was able to read all of the other stories for the first time, and see mine in print. Such a thrill, and such an honor to read the other stories, and find myself among them. Wow!
4) I read for the first time an essay in the book by an English professor about the stories in the book, and he highlights my story and its themes. For many years of my life, I was going to be the English professor writing about other people’s fiction. There is something extraordinary about looking back over the strange directions my life has taken and finding myself on the receiving end of that equation. He writes “This story is also particularly clever in its interweaving of myth, history, and fiction in a way that represents the interlacing of the ordinary and the fantastic.” That is an excellent description of what I enjoy most about writing, and who I strive to be as a writer.
A glorious day indeed.