“A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is.”
- Flannery O’Connor
Three thousand words, four weeks, and twenty-six drafts later, the story that ambushed me during the busiest month of my life is finished. The End. Now it’s in the mail, out in the world for consideration at a few select literary journals. At the very earliest, I expect to hear back six months from now whether anyone is interested in publishing it. Or not. Hurry up and wait.
After the rush of writing, it makes me think of the Flintstonemobile when Fred slams on the brakes and the undercarriage stops, leaving the rest of the car to keep hurtling down the road. That’s me, still hurtling, while my manuscript gathers dust on an editor’s desk.
And that’s me, feeling a bit at loose ends now that it’s over. I’m going to miss writing that story.
On to the next thing… the Toronto launch of A Certain Grace!
Tuesday, May 29, 7:30
The Supermarket Restaurant
268 Augusta Ave, Toronto
I’m so looking forward to hearing readings from four other Quattro Books authors. Hope to see some of you there!