Inspired by Nostalgia
Do you remember your first trip to an arcade? I don’t. If you drew up during the 80s or 90s, its likely trips to your local arcade are this haze of flashing neon lights, dirty quarters, and junk food—and I mean this in a good way! It was my love of old school arcades and seminal games of Skee-Ball, Whack-a-Mole, and, your guessed it, coin pushers that inspired my latest published short story published in October Hill Magazine. Read it here!
The basic plot of this story stayed the same. I did the usual trimming and tightening, but this story was basically in my head before I wrote it down.
Time to Write
Two to three weeks seems to be my average, not counting editing. Stories without a ton of research always go quicker.
These starts are hard to believe. When I compare them to stats like those of my last published short story, they seem unreal. My last story was rejected over twenty times, this one, not at all. This, to me, shows the importance of doing your research. Reading back issues of the magazine you submit to, checking out other submitters publication history, etc. I try not to be a shot-gun, willy-nilly submitter. Funnily enough, I had two different magazines accept this piece. I was on vacation and had to tell the second acceptance (received less than 24hrs after the first) “Sorry, already taken!”
Whew, another story bites the dust! Stay tuned to these publishing blog posts, because let’s just say, February and March were very good to me! 🙂
Have you read my last post about my short story published in the Saturday Evening Post? You can here!