It’s been an exciting week. Today, I had the temporary cast for my fractured radius removed and a new one put on. It’ll be another five weeks of struggling to do the simplest things, like buttoning my jeans, opening bottles or washing under my right arm with my right hand. The new cast is even more restricting than the old one.
Just when I was feeling frustrated because it takes so much longer to write now (no dragging and dropping etc.) I received three pieces of great news in less than 24 hours.
First, I found out that Issue 51.2 of PRISM International has just been released. I’m pleased to announce that the title story of my forthcoming book Breakfast Under the Bodhi Tree is among the stories published in this issue, and it’s in fantastic company with stories and poetry by Sarah Selecky, Fiona Tinwei-Lam, Evelyn Lau and others. The giant peach on the cover is the work of photographer and artist Maleonn. Prism will also be featuring a number of my photos of my beloved bodhi tree on their website.
I then learned that my weird and nondual story Mindswitch has been accepted for publication in Impossible Spaces, a forthcoming British anthology from Hic Dragones. The story had been looking for a home for over two years. Several editors said they enjoyed it but it wasn’t right for the particular issue. A couple said they’d very nearly accepted it. It is a weird story with an even weirder ending. I finally decided to alter the ending in a minor way and submit it again. That’s when I saw a call for submissions that seemed like a perfect match. I almost changed the ending back but decided not to.
A good story may have to knock on several doors but eventually, it will find a loving home. Never give up!
I was also pleased to learn that a story by Margrét Helgadóttir, a talented fellow writer, will appear in the anthology too.
My third piece of good news arrived this morning:
I’m looking forward to receiving my copy of Issue #47. Looks like it’s packed with great writing.