And there was much celebrating!

I’ve made my first fiction sale! ‘The Springwood Shelter for Genetically Modified Animals’ will be appearing in Crossed Genres this September. They also interviewed me for their new author spotlight. I’m very happy to be published by them and the process has been a pleasure.

I made a mad flurry of submissions a while ago, which led to this. I didn’t really expect much to come of it, but life proved me wrong. I did learn a few things though. When I submit things I need to keep a much better track of where and when I’ve sent them. A rush of enthusiasm is fine, but it needs to be paired with methodical planning.

In other news, I started my new job a while ago. It’s good to have some more structure in my life, though I do miss my long, daytime conversations with John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Just before I started work I was having a very productive writing time. Thousands of words a day, consistency, all the things I aim for. Since starting work, this has slowed a little. Now that I’ve got a feel for the job, hopefully I can get back into my writing swing. A new routine of early morning writing may be in order. I’d like to have some more things to submit (methodically) soon.

3 thoughts on “And there was much celebrating!

  1. Hi Verity,

    I just read your story on “Crossed Genres” and decided to check out your blog. Lovely story! I’m an animal lover and cat rescuer, and was amused that the first thing I saw on your blog was a tuxedo cat — our first four cats were all tuxedos and I still have a very soft spot for them.

    I’m doing a reading challenge for myself in which I read at least one short story per day, and then at the end of the month I blog about my favorites. So I will be mentioning your story at the end of the month — I’ll let you know when the post is up. I’m very impressed that that was your first fiction sale, because it’s beautifully constructed and reads as though written by a seasoned pro.

    I saw that you’re located in Ottawa. Any chance you will be attending Can*Con on Halloween weekend? If so, I hope to have a chance to say hello in person.

    Take care,

    1. Dear Amy,

      Thank you for your kind comment and for mentioning my story on your blog! I told Monty the cat that you admired his tuxedo, but in typical, yet adorable cat fashion he just continued to sleep.

      I hope I will be able to go to Can*Con again this year. It would be lovely to meet you in person!

      Best wishes,


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