If you’re thinking my stories are going up fast because I’m writing non-stop and that it’s simply amazing I can accomplish so much in so little time, then I must confess—though I’m all in favor of your thinking amazing thoughts about me. But here’s the scoop on my published excerpts: I’ve been writing the dang thang for three years.
Ask any short story writer (yourself, he he) how long they/you take before a piece is ready to submit, and I’ll bet three years isn’t their/your answer, or even three months. If fact, it almost sounds sad that someone would take that long, and if they did, they likely wouldn’t admit it.
That said, I have my first chapter up at Dew on the Kudzu. (Yes, the notorious first chapter that has taken up most of those three years and has been re-written 400 times and which my critique group has seen in just as many and which I’ll probably change again before I start querying agents.) The link will take you to the most current story, you might have to search the sidebar or for stories dated 7-16-2010 to find it.
What initially attracted me to the Dew was that one of its regular contributors is Celia Riverbanks, who writes southern humor. I read We’re Just Like You Only Prettier a few years back and became a fan of hers. It’s hard not to fall in love with just her titles alone: Bless Your Heart, Tramp and Mostly Sunny With a Chance of Hissy Fits are to name a few. When I got her book, the first thing I did—besides read it—was write the name of her agent, Jenny Bent. And I’m hoping Ms. Bent has room for one more southern humor book, and I hope it’s mine. And I hope you all read it. And if any of you write southern stories—doesn’t have to be humor—give the Dew a chance.