The Do-Over

January 5, 2017

 

Once upon a time, I wrote a short story about an elderly couple who get a second chance at being grandparents. It was all about second chances, do-over's, and cancer, and kidnapping across the West. I liked Vi and Frank. I loved the little kid, Rain. Even their fucked up daughter, Stevie, was a favorite.

Also, I love writing about the landscape of my home, the South West.

 

After the first draft, I got notes and then wrote a second draft, and then a third. After that, I submitted Frank and Vi, Rain and Stevie's story to numerous publications. It was rejected by all.

 

Two months ago, I dusted it off and sent it to a talent writer friend. He gave me very concise notes.  After that, I did another rewrite.

 

Last month, fifteen years after that first draft, my short story, The Do-Over, was featured in Lunch Ticket!

 

If anything, I guess the running theme of my life is to...never be defeated.  Or as we say in Buddhism, "Winter always turns to Spring." Be very encouraged.

 

Onward ho!

 

And Happy 2017!

 

Staci

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