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1.09.2014

W + A + J (2014)

Written by Me

Published by Rainbow Rumpus

Well, I hate to just talk about myself, but things seem to be working out for me lately, writing-wise. Not long after I found out that astory of mine had been accepted by Knowonder for one of their anthologies, but I got notice that a story I had submitted to Rainbow Rumpus had been accepted as well.

Rainbow Rumpus is an award-winning online magazine with separate children's and teen's components. They call themselves, "The Magazine for Youth with LGBT Parents." Something I thought was really interesting was that, in perusing the stories on their site, the fact that a child had two dads or two moms was never the focus of the story. In fact, sometimes it was hardly mentioned at all.

Their mission statement is as follows:

Rainbow Rumpus is the world‘s only online literary magazine for children and youth with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents. We provide a safe, fun, and empowering place for young people to create and enjoy art, break through isolation, build community, and take action to make the world a better place.

I am proud to be associated with them.

The story which I had submitted was originally entitled, "The Sturdy Oak," but was later changed to "W+A+J" at the editor's suggestion. Beth Wallace, her name is. We had a real interesting back and forth, and I had to revise the story pretty drastically before it could be accepted. When I first received a tentative acceptance, Beth then went on to list a series of things she thought could be improved, and several things she didn't care for at all. Totalling up the word count of the so-called acceptance letter, I realized that the list of corrections was actually longer than the story itself.

But I think the result is a much stronger story, and brought out new things which I hadn't considered before.

Also, thanks to Leanne Franson for the great illustration! Pretty cool to see someone else interpret my characters!

You may now return to regularly-scheduled picture book reviews, already in progress.

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