Thursday, November 6, 2008
Acceptance Is Nice
Today finds me somewhat giddy about a writing project that has been simmering for a while. Sometime late spring I was talking to Deanna about rejection letters as I had just received my first in what I assumed would be a long line. She asked to see some of my work and unbeknownst to me at the time (in case the answer was disappointing) she submitted the piece I sent her to her editor at Relief Journal. I was surprised and honored when I found out it was under consideration! The editor, Lisa Ohlen Harris, worked with me long and hard on painful but necessary revisions and now many months later that little piece is at the printers to be included in the fall journal. It is a short creative non-fiction description of my time visiting Northrise University in Zambia. I am so grateful to Deanna for all her editing and for getting this ball rolling, as well as to Lisa Harris for her incredibly helpful critiques and willingness to work with me. More thanks to Zak (published in the previous issue of Relief with Deanna) who also gave feedback, and to the rest of you who have been so encouraging about this and excited for me. Should anyone be so inclined to pre-order the issue, which will be chock full of other great poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, that can be done here for a discounted rate.
Yeah! There will be some celebratin' at our house tonight!