Sometimes you noodle a story and then sleep on it for years and noodle it and submit it and fiddle until it ends up at an amazing place and you are surprised and so happy for the set of words who could. “The Fertility of Ash” is one of those, which started out as a prompted contest story (drama, forest fire, and mechanical bull – wait really, mechanical bull, yes, good gracious…) and I loved it so. Laney too. I also met some nice people while writing it and added that to the good memories.
All to say, that I am so pleased for this little story and so grateful to Necessary Fiction for making a nice little nest for it to rest in.
I usually post numbers around this time that may or may not mean anything, but here I am gathering them from the tree anyway. Look at the pretty numbers! If each one were a leaf, there would be a nicely turned out fledgling oak.
Short Story Stats for 2022
119 story submissions
109 story rejections
12 story publications
3 forthcoming publications
I also rewrote Ivy in the Age of Falling Ash twice more and queried until the branches were bare.
Ivy in the Age of Falling Ash stats (some are from 2021, but I can’t be bothered to separate it out!)
3 fulls, 2 partials, and an R and R
But there were other good things!
I restarted a second book and finished 75%
I sent out a short story MS and chapbook
I started reading at SmokeLong Quarterly
I wrote a ton of stories and made some new friends.
It was a trying year, writing-wise, in that I lost some confidence along the way. But, like many things, it was just a season. Time to turn over a new leaf.
My odd origami micro is up today at Atlas and Alice – one of my favorite pieces. It’s an underutilized superpower, the kind of magic I would hope for, if I could hope for such things. Thank you, Atlas and Alice for publishing it.