So the good news is, I AM OFFICIALLY PUBLISHED!
By this I mean that someone at SpineOut magazine decided that a short story I had submitted to them, 'Walking to the Shop' was good enough to go into the latest edition. I am so excited by this... and it still doesn't quite feel real.
The bad news is, I have been unable to access it. Why? SpineOut is an ONLINE magazine, right? Well...
Let's start at the start. When I went to submit this story, I had to fill out a form, and some of the required information was which school I am from. I submitted this short story some time in December, if my memory serves me right. I hadn't heard back so I'd accepted that it hadn't been good enough. Today - three months later - one of my school teachers walked past me during one of my study periods and said:
Miss D: Hey Bonnee, I just read that story you got published online.
Me: Yeah? Which one? (this is me thinking that she had found my FictionPress or Wattpad account...)
Miss D: Oh the one about the kites and the homeless man.
Me: Wait... WHAT?!
She showed me the email with the link, and opened the link up for me, and there was my name and my story on the latest online edition of SpineOut magazine. I jumped on a computer and tried to access it myself... which failed. I couldn't get to it. So my teacher sent me the link. And it's not working.
So here is the flood of emotions: Overjoyed, because, hey, I just got published, this is brilliant! I want to cry, because I cannot for the life of me access it! And I'll admit I'm a little confused... why didn't they email me to say that they were publishing me? What was the point of asking for my email address in the submission form if they weren't going to use it? I found out through a teacher; they emailed the school. I didn't give them the school's email, I gave them mine... they only had the school's name... hey, I'm not complaining by any means, I'm just confused... and so excited... my head hurts... gah...
If anyone knows how I can access this stuff, please let me know, I want to be able to share a link that works with the world!
Lots of love and I'll let you know if I find access to it myself.