I am so excited. I just sold my 14th story in the less than two years since I started submitting my writing.
And this one really means a lot to me. Many many many moons ago, my first boycrush, where I started figuring out I was gay, hooked me on Marvel Comics. I was in Jr High School. As the years passed, my superhero obsession grew, as well as my feelings for that boy.
He was an amazing artist but couldn’t write to save his life. I loved to tell stories but was only a step or two above stick figures. So we created our own comic books and superheroes.
When I was finally able to tell him how I felt, it went the same way as it so often does in reality to gay men. I was rejected. Big time. HUGE HURT. Lots of crying.
But that is a part of life. Now many years later I am on year eleven with my man, something I would never have thought possible that night crying in my room. I have never been able to figure out what happened to my boyhood crush, but I think I have many years to come with my husband.
And what’s more, I owe that boy a world of superheroes. While I finally stopped collecting about ten years ago due to so many things, I still adore comic books. And when a call for submissions went out from Dreamspinner Press for a new anthology called Men of Steel asking for stories about gay superheroes, I had to jump on board.
The main character is not one that me and that boyhood friend made up, but some of the back-up characters are. My tale is about Paragon, the ultimate man, who is invulnerable, can fly, throw tanks as if they were pillows, and of course, gay. And did I say “invulnerable?” Well that isn’t exactly true. Because his heart is vulnerable big time.
This story was a joy to write and it was with great trepidation that I awaited to see if it would sell. I understand the editor got quite a few submissions.
Today. I am home sick with a head cold and sleeping and resting and coughing and blowing my nose and just not feeling all that hot. Then I get the email…
Congratulations – Dreamspinner Press would like to include your story, “Meant to Fly”, in the “Men of Steel” anthology.
Thanks again for your submission, and I hope you’re having a fantastic new year!
PS – *huge hugs* 🙂
Needless to say, I am insanely thrilled.
Such good, good news.
AND New Lease is about to be released in Two Tickets to Paradise as well. Both anthologies will be in paperback!!
*does a dance*
This means I get to hold it in my hands! Point! Say, “This is me!”
Feeling pretty good for feeling so bad today!
Thanks again to DSP!
Namasté to you all,
PS: I don’t want to forget to thank clmiles, essayel and wrjones for the FAST edits they had to do. I couldn’t have done it without them. Thanks guys!