Wednesday, April 30, 2014

I Sincerely Hope This Is Not the Last Post of Its Kind I Write



I mentioned this back in this post, but last year, I had a short story accepted by The Sierra Nevada Review, a literary magazine out of Sierra Nevada College.

The day before Easter, my contributor’s copies came in the mail!





It’s a pretty short story—about 1100 words and only three pages. It’s called “Things You Don’t Know I Know About You.” In the story, the narrator, a nameless cubicle dweller, tells of everything she’s learned about her coworkers by Googling them. This is something that, I admit, I do all the time—with coworkers, dates, random people from the past, and sometimes my friends and family, just to see what I find. My friends think I’m weird for Googling people before dates—I think they’re weird for not doing it. (Of course, then on the date I have to act like I don’t know things like where the guy went to college or where he works.) But I’ve found out some interesting things by Googling people from the past I think of randomly—like, there was this obnoxious hipster guy I worked with at an internship in college, and I found out through Google that he wrote a fairly popular young adult book.

It’s not online, but you can buy a copy here or just ask me if you want to read it.

I’m happy about it—I feel like it’s rare that there’s something in my life I can be legitimately proud of. Even when I accomplish something professionally, like making my sales goal last year, it’s hard to take much pride in it because of extenuating circumstances—like, I think making that goal was due to luck more than anything else. But I can’t think of any reason The Sierra Nevada Review decided to publish this other than that they liked the story—and according to Duotrope, a site that gives information on different literary magazines, it has a pretty low acceptance rate, although I’m not sure how accurate the rate they give is.

But still, I hope this isn’t the last thing I ever publish. This is actually part of a group of linked short stories I want to have published as a book eventually, with some of them published in magazines first. I’m trying to get more stories published now.

Here’s hoping that someday I’ll have more publications to blog about.

6 comments:

  1. This is awesome and I would absolutely love to read it. You should be extremely proud!

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    1. Thank you, Allie! I can send you a copy if you'd like.

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  2. This is amazing! Congratulations! I sure hope there are many more posts of this kind :D

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  3. Congratulations, Katie! That is SO cool, and your piece sounds like something I'd want read whether or not I knew who you are. I've always wanted to publish in a literary journal, too, though it's been a long time since I've written anything fitting for that kind of publication. This kind of makes me want to start up again. :) Congrats again - you absolutely should be proud!

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    1. Thanks, Cassie! I can send you a copy if you want.

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