How to Read My Story: 5 Easy Steps

My contributor copies of Neon Issue #29 arrived recently. While I had already seen my story “Crash & Fly” online, there was something really amazing and gratifying about seeing my words in print. I pondered ways that I could share this excitement with you. My friend Laura makes a habit of photographing her cats Saucy and Cirrus with her fiction publications, here they are with her book Living Arrangements. Cute, right? I have two cats, but they are 11 years old and have never been keen on doing what I want them to do. Plus, I needed something different. The dog?  He is quite cute, but a little headstrong and even less willing than the cats in being a model to showcase my foray into print publication.

My daughter Marie proved to be the perfect choice. She even provided a step-by-step demonstration of the best way to read my story.

Step One: Select a comfortable chair to start your reading.

Step Two: Read the story (all the way to the end, the author is watching you after all):

Step Three: Respond to the text. Don’t be shy.

 Step Four: See if it tastes as good as it sounds? Perhaps keep a snack nearby.

 Step Five: Read it again, with enthusiasm! (No literary journals were harmed in the making of this photo essay)

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