A pretty short post this time, but hopefully my news makes up for it. One of my short stories, “Jenny of the Road”, was published last Friday in Inkblots and Typing Spots!
“Jenny of the Road” is basically a mash up of two traditional ghost stories retold by Kevin-Crossley Holland in his book British Folktales: New Versions. I love ghost stories, and I wanted to write something truly scary in the style of a folktale. I’m still not sure if I succeeded, but Colette, the Inkblots editor, was kind enough to suggest some changes that helped make it 10x better (and about 600 words longer) than it was originally. My sister, Claudia, was also a HUGE help in going over drafts :)
Inkblots and Typing Spots is an online magazine that publishes some seriously fantastic stories by young and aspiring writers. Be sure to stop by and have a look around--some of my favorite stories are “The Bells of Campden” by Miss Smiley and “Lift Girl” by Fantasy Girl. You can read my contribution here.
Congratulations of being published! How exciting! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for coming on over to my blog, you were my 200th follower which was pretty exciting :) x
Wow, congrats! I read it through and I have to admit it was pretty creepy—but it also reminded me of the "Highwayman" poem for a little while there, until Jenny went a little homicidal. Still, nice work! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks! I always focus on all the flaws in my own work, so it's SUPER nice to hear that you enjoyed it :) I liked The Highwayman when I read it (that was quite awhile ago, though...) mostly because it's so ghostly and atmospheric. Thanks for stopping by!Delete
That's so cool, congratulations on your publication! I just read your story--it was very good, and of course very creepy, haha. I love ghost stories, always have, and folktales are awesome too, so of course yours was a great read! I like the whispering trees especially--so haunting. Great job! :)ReplyDelete
Thank you!!! My sister and I came up with the idea of whispering trees together; I wanted something a bit like the folktale "Mr. Fox", where there's a message written over the doorway: "Be bold, be bold, but not too bold, lest that your heart's blood should run cold." Something to ratchet up the tension and general creepiness of the atmosphere. Again, thanks for reading; I'm so glad you enjoyed it!Delete