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...