In an elemental way, most writers understand the old Morton Salt tagline “when it rains; it pours.” As an author, I endured months of letters stating “we regret your story doesn’t meet our requirements at this time. We’ve decided to pass, but gee thanks.” Eventually, there was one blessed week when I received emails that began “we love your story” and “we’d like to include it in our next issue.” I’m not certain why acceptance letters have this disconcerting tendency to come ping, ping, pinging, at me all at once. With this post, I’ve come to the end of one of those pouring out periods. Four stories of mine have been published in the last six weeks. I’ve quite worn out my welcome with announcements and thanks. Sorry about that, but, you know, I get excited.
Today I’m proud to announce that Breath & Shadow published a piece I began writing back in March of 2014 called Sad Exchange. I’m proud because of the community they are. I’m proud of what they do and how they give voice to disability. Many thanks to Chris Kuell, Editor at Breath & Shadow. I always enjoy working with him. He recently edited an anthology titled Dozen: The Best of Breath & Shadow. I downloaded my copy as soon as I heard about it, and I encourage you to purchase one for yourself. I’ve begun following several authors as a result of reading it.
FYI, Breath & Shadow is a quarterly journal of disability culture and literature. Established in 2002 as a project of AbilityMaine, it was the first online literary journal with a focus on disability. Breath & Shadow is also unique in being the sole cross-disability literature and culture magazine written and edited entirely by people with disabilities. While some literary journals may devote one issue in a year — or ten years — to the disability experience, Breath & Shadow features poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, drama, and other writing that examines the human experience of living with disability — in every single issue.
One final note
If you follow the link for Sad Exchange and eventually find your way to the bio, you’ll see I recommend you listen to the song Sad Exchange by Finger Eleven as a counterpoint and comment on my story. Because you’ve been such a dear reading to the end of this post, if you want, you can listen right now.
“Sad Exchange” from “Daredevil” by Finger Eleven. Released: 2003. Track 18.
If you’re unfamiliar with hard metal rock, you may want to read the lyrics while you listen. Here’s the link to LyricWiki.