*Brazenly copies Misha Collins’ twitter greeting*
Now I don’t normally do social media-y posts like this; if I have something to tell you, I usually put it in an author’s note at the end of my regular stuff. But if you’ve read Killing the Creator part 13 you know I didn’t do it this time and even told you to watch out for this post. What the hell? Have I finally gone batty, you ask?
Well, no. I would’ve told you this in the author’s note itself, but then it’d have been too long and it wouldn’t be fit to be called a note anymore. And besides, the news merited an individual post. So, I present to you-
me wasting your time a public announcement.
Ahem, ahem. *Spends five minutes clearing throat* *Drinks a one-litre water bottle* *Picks up a megaphone and gets on the soapbox*
I’ve been published.
No, not a joke.
I swear. Not, like, my novel- that would be too much- but a story of mine.
*Wrings hands violently* No, wait! I’m not lying!
And I’m not being sarcastic either, for once!
Yes, people, I HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED IN A REAL BOOK WITH PAGES AND A COVER AND EVERYTHING.
Not a magazine, a BOOK. A REAL, LIVE (don’t you go telling me not to use ‘live’ as an adjective for a book) BOOK.
At this point, you’re probably expecting me to break into a fit of laughter and say ‘Did you actually fall for that?’ But no. I’m not gonna. And I’m not gonna do it later either. It’s true. I’ve been published, if you missed that.
And now the book is available for pre-order:
You can pre-order it here. Go on, click the nice purple link.
So, how’d it come to be? If you missed that in the image above, the website’s name is StoryMirror and I’d posted a single story on it, just like that, a few years back (even before I started out here- I was twelve or thirteen, I think) and forgotten about it. Lately, the nice StoryMirror people started compiling the best stories on their website to publish them as an anthology. And, not to brag or anything, but mine was selected.
They mailed me to give me the news back in December 2018, and to say I was over the moon then would be an understatement. It was totally unexpected. I hadn’t even remembered that I had once posted my story over there. Immediately after I saw this happy e-mail, I had to leave for my Physics tuition class, and on the way, I couldn’t help but grin goofily while passers-by looked at me weirdly.
Why didn’t I tell this to you back in December itself then, you ask? That’s because I wanted to be sure. Many times, writing websites give you candy only to take it away as soon as you stop dancing and try to get your hands on it. So, I kept the news to just my immediate family and didn’t tell anyone else.
But the StoryMirror people weren’t nasty like that. They were nice and didn’t take it away.
And now here I am, shouting it out to the world. (Did I tell you to pre-order, by the way?)
The fortunate story is ‘Moonscent’, part of which I later posted here on C&C Fac as well when I first started it. (And it’s been taken down now, ya nasty, so pre-order ).
Along with my story, there’re nice things written about me in the book, and of course, they include the Factory as well.
So there it is. You can give me a standing ovation now.
Now, what’s the other thing? I said two things in KTC 13’s author note, didn’t I?
The other thing is that I’ve participated in a poetry contest on StoryMirror itself, called ‘Be a Poem’, and to win, you need likes. I’ve participated with seven poems, and right now they are extremely low on likes. They’re all poems you’ve read here, so all I need you to do is go and leave a like on them. (You can also bug your friends and family to do the same). To like them, just sign in with your Gmail or Facebook, and if you have neither, just sign in with your normal e-mail. Go on, now, I’ve been published; I deserve this much from you.
And that’s it.
The news is over, and you are free to bask in the glow of the joyous tidings now.