Happy mail day
I got a big batch of mail from the U.S. today. I got my copies of Apex Digest, which was a lot of fun. The folks in the green room are reading it and making various horrified faces. It’s fun.
At the opposite end of the writing spectrum, I also got my official acceptance letter from Cicada.
Some excerpts which particuarly made me smile.
Thank you for sending ‘This Little Pig’ for our consideration. It’s a refreshing departure from the usual dark, futuristic fiction we see and we are delighted to accept your story for CICADA. A Danish pig farm may not smell great, but in terms of setting, it’s a breath of fresh air!
She went into some technical stuff and then closed with:
I’ll look forward to hearing from you! And when you reply, would you answer a burning question: have you personally worked on a Danish pig farm? We are so curious.”
Nope. My grandfather was a hog farmer, but the rest was all research.
Anyway, the combination of the two pieces of mail had me grinning like an idiot. I guess it’s the actor in me that needs some form of external validation to believe that I’m really any good at a thing. Although I’ve sold stories before, I somehow forget that until the next acceptance letter comes or I get to see the story in print. Know what I mean?
Cheesy, I suspect, but there it is.
Now, I’m off to read the rest of the stories in Apex.