Well, it's taken a year and some agitating on my part, but the story I got so upset over last year has finally made it into print. "The Confession" is in the November issue of AHMM, complete with illustration, and in the news stands now. I'm hugely relieved, because I cared quite a lot about this story.
I don't write stories very often and spend an unconscionable anmount of time on them. It grieves me to think that even more time is spent in waiting for news. This fact isn't very encouraging for my short story writing. For writers who can dash off a story double-quick and have any number ready to go, it may not matter so much.
In this case, however, I was also invited to write a blog for "Trace Evidence", the AHMM blog site. It is new, contains a number of fascinating posts by the editor and a running blog selection from different authors about how their stories came about. (http://trace-evidence.net/)
Thank you for the heads ups, both about your story and the web site.
Congratulations, Ingrid! So....what does AHMM stand for? So I can look for it?
Thanks to both of you. Caroline, AHMM is ALFRED HITCHCOCK'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE.
Of course it is! I should have recognized those initials---but it's been awhile since I saw one!
Oops. I just checked the AHMM blog, and I guess they decided to run someone else's post. Didn't let me know, alas! It was a good blog, too. :(
Congratulations, IJ. I remember reading your posts about this story. Now I have no excuse not to pick up the issue at the stand. Do you know when the November edition will be released?
Thanks, Benjamin. I was told it would be on news stands August 28. (Frankly, that has never made a lot of sense to me but seems standard).
Congrats, I.J. Glad it all worked out in the end.
Oh, thanks. Jed. That was quick. And you're very kind.
Congratulations IJ! I will seek out your story. And thanks for highlighting the blog.