Jun 03, 2013 - 1:03 pm
What's happenin', baby!
I hope you got your ears on this morning, LOL!
Well, Memorial Day came and went.....and I had not heard back from Coping magazine....they had said it would be about 8-weeks before I heard something. I was going through my emails and found the one she sent me stating this. We were 'one' day over the 8-months, what timing, huh?
So, I took a chance and wrote her and inquired if they had read my submission(s): LMS story + Big Billy...
Sure enough, she responded back and said they were still reviewing submissions and that they would get back to me - one way or the other:) It looks like they do 6-magazines a year and May/June 2013 just came out......
What is this telling me and you?
It means I'm still in the running:) I'm still under consideration:) They haven't outright said NO:)
And you know that Jessica could just as easily had, Jen.....easy.....it's over 700-words......and will not be considered.....end of story......I mean, that's their guidelines and the rules that they play by. Normally, that's how they do it.
I guess you know by now that there is nothing 'normal' about me, LOL!
So, she's got two strories...LMS weighing in at 2100+ words.....and Big Billy, which I re-wrote a couple of times down at 1100 something? Pretty close.....I feel this is the one that is probably being considered, due to its direct cancer nature and survivor and coping strategy story. It's okay though....I always wanted to make Big Billy real:)
Here's the underlying message I'm getting, Jen...
Vicki is 'The Editor'...now if she knows the story is over 700 words....and is still considering it for possible publication in some form...
That's just what I was thinking too:)
She's read the story - you know she has - and she likes it too! Or, it would have been in the reject bin - and long ago.....
I truly feel that she is fighting for me - and as such, she is fighting for all of us.....this is a cancer magazine publication with real cancer stories and help topics of all kinds. Their membership stands at 645,000......apparently, these magazines are typically found in the waiting rooms of many oncologist's offices.
Hey, we got 'em right where we want 'em, huh? we've got a captive audience, LOL!
Something must be going on - I feel something now that I can't explain - something I can't quite explain. I went in breaking all of their rules straight out of the box and was open about it....perhaps my honesty is keeping me in the running as a result....don't know.
But, I just wanted you to know that you & I are......"Still In It - To Win It!"
I just had to talk to somebody today:)
Honestly, I still think it's quite a longshot for me....but this is the furthest I've gotten so far....and quite frankly, it's a little bit exciting.....so much I want something that I wrote to be meaningfully printed that could help others, before cancer catches me again....even if it's only this story and never the book.....at least, it would be a good story....it remains one if not my most favorite story that I ever composed....and it came at a time when I was at the lowest point of my cancer fight - ever.
I just wanted you to know that I owe you a big thanks and one of my famous Texas Bear Hugs for guiding and steering me to this organization. I could never have done this on my own and I remain grateful for your efforts - and even more touched by your compassion towards your fellow man. If this thing pops, you will have played an important role in making some part of my dream - some kind of a reality.
But, I better not get too far ahead of myself today....just feels good to have an ounce of Hope blown up my tailpipe....I'm all 'hot air' anyway, LOL!
You may not have seen it as 'much' when you posted the link....but we both may see it as much more if this dream comes to any kind of fruition:)
Stay tuned to The Sundance Channel - "Story Matters Here."
You'll know when I know - one way or the other:) And no matter what....just "Thanks."