A Writing Update: The Wheel Turns

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Fiction

I’m taking a brief break from the What I Believe series to announce that my short story entitled On a Night in Shelby County was named as an Editor’s Pick in this year’s Literary Contest at Solstice Literary Magazine, and was posted this weekend. I also learned a couple of weeks ago that a story I wrote this spring was a named finalist in this year’s Fiction Contest at Salamander Magazine. So little by little, the wheel turns.

The editors at Solstice were a joy to work with, and really helped bring the most out of this piece. I’ve read all the stories from the last two issues of Solstice over the past month and enjoyed them very much. The stories really are diverse, imaginative and insightful. I feel very fortunate my story found a home there.

Because it is not possible to submit work for review after publishing it on a blog (or any platform really), I’ve been unable to share publicly the writing I’ve been working on this past year and a half or so. So I’m really excited to have the chance to do so now, at least with this one piece. I hope if you have the time you’ll check it out, (and some others, too!), and if you do, I hope you enjoy.

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    • Thank you, Dennis! Very much appreciated. It is a joy to work on something and see it bear fruit over time. And also to share it with a friend…

      Peace
      Michael

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    • Thank you, Kristina, and for all your support this year! I hope you are right. Each piece is like starting anew, from scratch, without any benefit of the previous… but I think that’s part of the joy of any form of art. We continually must delve into the new!

      Blessings
      Michael

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  1. Kudos on your story being selected Michael. I read it and am a little stunned by the story. I don’t really know what I think or feel, except you have a very unique writing voice. Congrats.

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    • Some kind of something, you’re right! Ha! It is a love story of course. I tend to gravitate in that direction… Love covers a lot of bases, doesn’t it?

      Blessings, my friend–
      Michael

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    • Thank you, Julie. I appreciate it very much. This piece was fun to write, and rewrite. And rewrite. I’m quite sure you know the feeling!

      Peace
      Michael

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    • Thank you, Val. I appreciate it very much. One of the amazing things is the time delay. I think I wrote this piece, originally, in September/October of 2016…

      Blessings
      Michael

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  2. Ah! My friend 😁 I couldn’t be more thrilled for you!! If I could find hands clapping on these emoji things I would send a whole line of them!!!! Your hard work AND TALENT is is extraordinary and for you to be finding success is WONDERFUL!! Enjoy it, Michael…every single second of it!! 💛 Sweet blessings

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  3. I’ve just read the one at Solstice – a beautiful powerful work, and I look forward to reading the one at Salamander. Congratulations Michael! I’m not remotely surprised your work is being recognised.
    Peace,
    Alison

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    • Thank you, Alison, so much for taking that time. It is really appreciated. The one at Salamander won’t be published there. I’ve learned quite often named finalists are not published, though it varies with magazine and with competition. So it’s an interesting place to be: to be mentioned is a great accomplishment, but on the other hand the work is not yet visible, and then there are magazines that will not accept entries or submissions that have been Named Finalists elsewhere… Ha! Welcome to the literary limbo.

      Peace
      Michael

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  4. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says

    I second what everyone is saying here – that you deserve this so much! Your talent and drive make you a shoo in to be published over and over. I love the stories. You are an amazing writer, Michael. Extraordinary.
    Peace and love,
    Mary

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    • Thank you, Mary. It has been a process, as you know, to reach this point. I’m really grateful as I said in the post, and look forward to working further on the craft. Your friendship and support have been a huge part of this, because there are certainly times when the support of friends provides that closure to an effort that allows for movement to the next.

      With Gratitude
      Michael

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