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Monday, May 22, 2006

"The Ties That Bind"

So many years ago, I wrote a story about a witch with a memory problem and a sister with an inferiority complex the size of Texas. It was okay, as far as these things go, but it was also very trite. I even had, gasp, a black cat in the story. Tried to get it published, but no dice. Okay. I pushed it aside and forgot about it.

About two years ago, I pulled it out, dusted it off, and rewrote it. Happy with the piece, I submitted it to FARTHING. Wendy Bradley, the editor, requested a rewrite, but hedged in terms of whether it should be shorter or longer. After some feedback from my writers group, I submitted it to Carina Gonzolez at The Zen Pen. And boom, her feedback nailed everything that didn't work. I edited the piece, sent it to Wendy...and got my first pro-rate sale.

"The Ties That Bind" appears in the second issue of FARTHING. So far, I've read two reviews.

From TANGENT ONLINE:

" 'The Ties That Bind' by Jackie Kessler is the story of Annalee, a witch who wants to break away from her body and fly. But the price of magic has its costs, and unfortunately she has a bit of a memory problem and her sister just arrived beseeching her to curse the woman her boyfriend cheated on her with. What's a witch to do?

"Though a bit predictable, Kessler's writing is strong and filled with lush descriptions. The cult-bashing favorite—hexes and witchcraft—is downplayed, allowing Annalee to shine as a person rather than a stereotypical character. 'The Ties That Bind' is an entertaining story from start to finish that should appeal to a wide range of readers."

And from EMERALD CITY NEWS:

"A witchcraft-and-sibling-rivalry story, 'The Ties that Bind' by Jackie Kessler makes good use of a point-of-view narrative from an amnesiac woman, and also has a fantastic ending. Beginnings are also a strength."

Me so happy!

Of course, I'm also a total dork. After I signed my check for the story, I promptly lost it. ((sigh)) Talk about throwing money away...

7 Comments:

At 9:24 PM, Blogger Heather Brewer said...

Jackie! Such sweet news! Search your desk...I always seem to find things I've lost there (well, on mine...).

 
At 9:55 PM, Blogger Jon Clinch said...

Look under the seat of the car.

 
At 10:12 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

Thanks, Heather! And believe me, the damn thing isn't on, in, around, over, next to, or under my desk. :-(

Ooh, Jon, I'll give that a shot...thanks...

 
At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Melanie Lynne Hauser said...

Congrats, Jackie - that's great!

And I'm sure they'll issue you another check if they have to.

 
At 10:12 AM, Blogger Jackie said...

Thanks, Melanie -- and man, I hope so. This was a pro-rate story. ((sigh)) I am SUCH a goober! Note to self: get personal assistant.

 
At 12:06 PM, Blogger Faith said...

Yup, remember that one. We worked together on that one for two or three revisions. :-D

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

And you were uber helpful, Faith -- as always! :-*

 

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