I think we can all agree that 2016 took a lot of beloved people from our lives. As someone recently pointed out to me, David Bowie always was a trendsetter. And while I have viewed each passing with sorrow, it wasn't until I heard that Richard Adams has passed away on Christmas Even that the death hit me on more of a personal level. Richard Adams, the author of Watership Down, has been a favorite author of mine since I was eleven years old. I fell for those rabbits, and I fell hard. I will always be grateful to Richard Adams for not only writing one of my favorite stories of all time and giving me a wonderful memory of my grandmother, who first gave me the book, but also inspiring me as a writer. In 2011, I wrote a love letter to Watership Down, which I've been revisiting a lot the last few days. Thank you, Mr. Adams, for the impact you've had on my life. Rest in peace.
Earlier this year, I was ecstatic to have my short story A Half Dozen Reasons to Have the Dog Put Down accepted by The Maine Review. I anxiously waited throughout the fall for their next issue to go live. Then life got busy with teaching, COLR, and battling the cold bug that just won't go away. I'd almost forgotten that I had a story pending. But, in spectacular timing, on Christmas Eve, I received a letter and a check from The Maine Review. Merry Christmas to me! Issue 3.1 is now live and you can purchase it, or subscribe right on their website.
This particular story of mine is one I worked really hard on and one that pushed me out of my comfort zone as a writer when I first embarked on it. I really believed in it and so held out for a market that actually paid, which if you write, you know is getting harder and harder to find, and even harder to get accepted into if you haven't made a name for yourself yet. Please consider supporting The Maine Review because they pay their authors a decent rate for all the work we put into our stories. And, of course, consider submitting your own work to them. They have been lovely to work with and I can't wait for my print edition to arrive in the mail this week!
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