Air supply. Sometimes it’s all about the air supply when you loose faith writing. Air supply comes in many forms. Writer/crimedog friends. Strangers offering passing supportive or empathetic comments. But the biggest gulp of fresh oxygen comes in the form of an acceptance note. That just lifts you up and rips you right along.
Sailing around the Chesapeake where I live we always look for wind puffs; those rough patches of water scuffing the surface that boost your speed. The call goes out on deck, something like “Puff in five seconds, four, three, two, puff on.” Winches crank, lines are adjusted, and rail meat shifts. And you just go. Go, daddy... friggin’ GO.
Anyway, just got an acceptance yesterday and I will bury the lead and keep my mouth shut until it's official but I’m stoked. Puff on.
KIERAN SHEA’s fiction has appeared in dozens of venues including Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Thuglit, Dogmatika, Word Riot, Plots with Guns, Beat to a Pulp, Crimefactory, and Needle: A Magazine of Noir ...as well as in some beefy-looking anthologies most of which will make you question the tether of his shiny, red balloon. To his self-deprecating astonishment he's also been nominated for the Story South’s Million Writers Award twice without sending the judges so much as a thank you note. He co-edited the satiric transgressive fiction collection D*CKED: DARK FICTION INSPIRED BY DICK CHENEY and his debut novel KOKO TAKES A HOLIDAY is out now from Titan Books. Kieran divides his time between 38°58′22.6″N- 76°30′4.17″W and 39.2775° N, 74.5750° W.