You know the expression, "When it rains, it pours," right? It's not just a slogan for a salt company, but is meant to signify that when bad stuff starts happening, it's usually followed by more bad stuff, and so on and so forth.
It's kind of like the saying, "Sh#t rolls downhill," only a little less vulgar and more socially acceptable I suppose, since one is the slogan for a huge company and the other...well...isn't.
But apparently "When it rains, it pours" works for good stuff too, at least every once in a while. The very same day I found out another of my short stories was going to get into another anthology (Northern Haunts, just in case you didn't read my previous post - okay, that's a lie, I just like the way it sounds!), I was notified by Tony Burton, the editor of the fine Ezine Crimeandsuspense.com, that my story, "Independence Day," featured in the July/August issue, had been voted "Readers Favorite" by subscribers.
Yeah, I know, I know, big deal, right? That and a buck will get me a quart of gas. But it is a big deal, at least to me. It took me a long time, a lot of writing, and a lot of heartache before I ever got anything published anywhere, and now it's like this mountain of good stuff is raining and pouring down on me.
Now I'll admit, it's not as good as hearing that an agent wants to represent me, or that one of my novels was picked up by a publisher, but still, it's pretty cool. The idea that the story I wrote was chosen as the pick of the litter in a pretty high-quality venue is very gratifying, especially since I don't know any of the subscribers who voted, so I didn't even have to bribe anybody.
If you have a couple of extra bucks, go to http://www.crimeandsuspense.com/ and subscribe for a year; find out what I'm talking about when I say it's a high-quality publication. You won't be sorry. Plus, that way you can vote for me next time for "Readers Favorite."