So I wonder if I jinxed myself with that last entry about the fictional fiction writer who would get her book published before me. But, like, jinxed myself in a really good way.
Because a few hours after I wrote that, I learned that my MFA thesis project—a collection of connected short stories titled The Commuters—is going to be published by a small nonprofit press called City Works.
This is huge, multiple exclamation point, dance-around-the-room territory.
For those of you unfamiliar with the world of small nonprofit presses, that means I won’t make any money, and you may not see the book in Barnes & Noble, but I’ll actually have a say in what goes on the cover, and I'll actually get to talk to my editors, Jim and Kelly, and they will be really nice and smart and laidback, if today's phone conversation with them was any indication.
More exclamation points to follow.
And a big blog-to-heaven shout-out to my mom, who is entirely to blame for this whole loving-reading-and-writing thing.
P.S. And in case my jinx worked, Wow, it sure would be stressful to see a show about a writer whose first book was fabulously successful and led to a great life full of love and intellectual fulfillment and purple sunflowers!