This last month, I have received copies of my first two publications! The first is a story called “No More Bernie” in Well Versed 2013, an anthology put out by Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writer’s Guild showcasing writers and even photographers from all across the state. “No More Bernie” was initially inspired by the memory of sitting in the social security office when I first got married, wondering why people chose to change their names (besides the obvious reason of marriage). But as I was writing the story seven years after that experience it became more about how there are no easy solutions to life’s problems. Life is complicated, and we are always seeking to find that one thing that will make life easier, simpler, less painful. You can buy a copy of Well Versed 2013 on Amazon.
My second publication is a children’s story in The Kid’s Ark. “The Right Call” came out of the magazine’s theme, Intelligence/Wisdom. I wanted to write a practical example of how kids can use the intelligence and wisdom God has given each of us to think and pray through situations where they might be tempted to break the rules or cave to peer pressure.
All in all, I am really enjoying my pursuit of writing. More on that later, but for now, I think I will just be excited about my first bylines!