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)