Christmas Terrors

If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know that I write mostly about scrapbooking, mixed media, cardmaking, and other paper crafting topics. You also know it’s been a while since I’ve written much about anything.

That’s because I’ve been working on a totally different type of project  – I’ve ventured into the world of fiction writing! Here’s the short version of how it all happened:

Back in September, my best friend Jakki and I attended Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans Conference. We had an amazing time soaking in all sorts of “writerly” conversation and learning from the pros.

Jakki and me between panel sessions

Jakki and me between panel sessions

There was an evening pitch session with representatives for the indie publishing company 13Thirty Books. They were offering an exclusive opportunity to be published in their Never Fear Christmas Terrors anthology, only open to attendees at the conference. Jakki and I each pitched stories, and the guys encouraged us to send in our finished works as soon as they were completed.

Rich from 13Thirty

Rich from 13Thirty

Lance from 13Thirty

Lance from 13Thirty

Long story short, I submitted a short story titled “The Gift That Won’t Stop Giving,” and they liked it! I waited on pins and needles for a couple of weeks after sending my story in, and then on October 7, I received the email I’d been waiting for – my story was chosen to be included in the anthology!

Fast forward to December 2, and the book was published and available for purchase. I can’t describe how rewarding it is to see my name on the cover of a book in circulation! And I wanted to share my excitement here. If you’d like to read more of the story, you can check out my new author blog Before 49. Once you get there, join my email list. I’d love to stay in touch with you about upcoming fiction that I’ll be writing.

Meanwhile, I’ll be getting back to more crafty posts around here. I’m trying to find a way to balance work, creating, writing, and blogging, and I am certainly a work in progress. But I am so enjoying this chapter in my life (no pun intended!), and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

 

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