I was looking through lit journal submission openings, trying to find a home for a different piece (which is still sleeping in doorways at the moment) when I came across Riddled With Arrows and saw that they were looking for stories that were also metafictions.
It was then that I recalled “Deep-Sea Metafiction,” a story I wrote in college. Most of what I wrote back then was crap, but I remembered being proud of that piece. I even read it aloud for my senior reading. After graduating I submitted it to several journals but was met with rejection emails every time.
Looking back at it I can see why. There was still a lot of work to be done. It is amazing what I was willing to call a finished product back then. Long paragraphs of untagged dialogue between two poorly-described men. And my gods, the puns.
Despite its flaws, I still felt like the piece had some value. I just had to rework it a bit. A few new details, a little less dialogue, and a real ending. I can’t believe I never noticed that my “first draft” didn’t have a real ending.
My edits must have worked because RWA has published Dr. Garbanzo Writes the First Draft, and looking at the stories and poems it is nestled in between, I can tell that it has found its niche’.
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