I had a fictional story published in Cricket magazine called The Trapped and Tangled Loon. It was based on a true story and the backdrop was Police Outpost Lake in Waterton Lakes National Park. I have to say that I was pretty excited. . . maybe thrilled is a better word.
In between, I had two photos published in the Sunlight Press.
This was a very pleasant surprise for me. Although the pay is miniscule, the reward is huge. It’s made me feel compelled to learn more about how my camera works, a red, old-ish Nikon D3400.
After my first story was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Lucy Haines, the editor at Alberta Prime Times – a publication I must admit, I’d never heard of, called me on the phone. She asked me to write a piece for the online news publication about senior dog adoption in Alberta. Lucy is a very lovely lady. . . a complete pleasure to deal with. From the first article, came three more.
Querying a U.S. home-schooling publication called, The Old Schoolhouse, resulted in getting a contract to write for them about Bankhead, Alberta, a ghost town in the Rocky Mountains. The article was called Gateway to the Past. I’m hoping to get some more work from them in the very near future. Fingers crossed!
Countless rejections have come my way; in the form of magazine and journal queries, for my children’s picture books sent to traditional publishers and for a detailed, lengthy quilt book proposal I’d spent hours and hours on. Obviously, this is the toughest part. You work so hard for so long on a project that you whole-heartedly believe in, only to have the idea shot down out-of-hand. Worst of all, though, is when a proposal is submitted and you hear absolutely nothing! Rejections will continue. I only hope that in that flurry of negativity, there are some wonderful, positive opportunities that come my way.
The Sunlight Press published some more photos of mine this year. Both of these pictures are of Chief Mountain in Waterton Lakes National Park. The most intriguing detail about this beautiful mountain, is that many Indigenous Peoples of both Alberta and Montana, feel it has mystical powers.
Orion Magazine has recently accepted a photo of mine for publication sometime next year. Woods Reader Magazine has accepted an essay I wrote for publication in their next issue. I called it, A Wildfire’s Silver Living. This piece is about the Verdant Creek wildfire.
Basically, I query, I write, I submit. Then, I wait, wait and wait some more.
My deepest writing desire is definitely to write for children. I’d love to write about nature, forests, animals and being outside. The idea of writing a children’s book about the natural vibrations of a forest and why we feel so wonderful being in nature, is especially intriguing to me. Best case scenario would be to combine my writing with photographs in successful publishing ventures. Wish me luck!
I believe my writing is fueled by Taylor Sheridan’s words, “God is the land” (via Beth Dutton, that is).
Thank you so much for reading everyone.
I always really appreciate it.