QUADRIVIUM

Have you come here to play Jesus to the lepers in your head?

Published!

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More than a year ago, I wrote out a story for a magazine called Standard—a weekly collection of short inspirational stories put out by the Nazarene Publishing House—and submitted it for publication. 

Whenever I mail out a manuscript (which doesn’t happen as often as it should), I am filled with excitement for about a week before I settle into this calm patience.  I didn’t hear anything for six months, so just I chalked it up to rejection.  Publishers are not required to send you a rejection letter when you’re just a freelancer peddling your own work. 

I stepped in the door last night, and my wife pointed to this wrapped parcel on the ottoman.  “Open it,” she said. 

I tore away the paper and saw that, whatever it was, it was framed.  Maybe my wife had blown up a picture of the baby, I wondered.  If so, it was going to be a big portrait.  I turned it over, and saw she had framed a letter. 

The first line delivered the news that the editors of Standard had accepted the piece.  14 months after it was written. I held the frame in my hand like an exited child for probably half an hour before I mustered the courage to put it back down. 

This is the first fictional piece anyone has ever accepted.  The story will appear in print next summer.

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Written by taj

August 30, 2007 at 6:13 pm

Posted in stories, Writing

2 Responses

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  1. Wow, congratulations! I can’t wait to see a copy with your name in print!

    Andrew

    August 31, 2007 at 12:20 pm

  2. *w00t*!!!!11!!!1!

    CalvinDude

    August 31, 2007 at 3:33 pm


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