I'm excited! I wrote a "short story" (not so short - around 10,000 words) for the Western Ohio Writers' Association, where I'm a member. Since I was trying to get it finished in time for the October meeting where members would be reading at Books & Co. in The Greene (in Beavercreek OH), I wrote a ghost story/horror/suspense kind of thing, not at all my usual genre (magical fantasy with a bit of romance involved). I was very insecure about how it turned out. Did I create enough suspense? Did I withhold the clues long enough? Did I give too much away? Did the suspense build? Did I manage to save the "surprise" until the end?
Well . . . I wasn't able to go to the October meeting, so I just kept working on the story because it intrigued me as a project. Then I heard about an anthology project that sounded interesting. I decided to polish that story and see if it would get in. It was all I had since I normally write novels. Imagine my surprise and pleasure to learn it was accepted to the anthology! It will be published late this year. I'll have ordering information both here and on my website when it's available!
The story is called "Lisa Goodman, Writer." I've been given a detailed critique to help me rewrite it for publication. And no, I can't tell you any more about it except it takes place in Dayton (which doesn't have a lot to do with the story - but that really is all I can tell you about it! LOL).
So HUZZAH!!!! My attempting a totally different genre wasn't a horrible failure (which I feared it might be!). I'm a happy camper!