As long as I’ve been writing, I’ve had a few publishing dreams. Well, let’s call them “goals”. Places where I longed to see my work appear. Every now and then, I hit one of these goals and rejoice. Brides magazine, Woman’s World and, in August of 2015, The Writer. That was an especially great one for me, because I have been reading The Writer since I was in junior high school and it has inspired me countless times. I still have copies of many, many articles written by my favorite fiction authors as they shared the tricks of the trade. My essay, “A Charmed Life” was about the charm bracelet I’ve been creating for my alter ego, Kate Fellowes.
Now, I’m thrilled to report I’ve had another publishing dream come true. Victoria magazine will publish one of my essays on the back page of the March/April 2016 issue, in their “Chimes” column. Victoria has been my favorite magazine since the day I saw the premier issue at the hobby store in my hometown back in 1987. The beautiful cover drew me in at once and I dropped my subscription card into the mailbox on my way home from the store. All these years, I’ve loved the magazine, reading of interesting people and places, admiring the beautiful home furnishings and fashions, enjoying time spent each issue with the Writer-in-Residence. And savoring the essays in the “Chimes” column on the back page.
Every now and then, I’d send off an essay of my own, but, as is most often the case with writing, my pieces never hit the mark. Until now. Which just goes to show you persistence does pay off and one should never give up on a dream she holds dear.
When the issue appears, I’ll be easy to recognize from my ear-to-ear smile, enjoying the thrill of accomplishment and achievement. Another highlight in my writing career, the publication will certainly encourage me, because there are always more dreams to pursue, more goals to strive for, more stories to tell.