As some of you may remember, for a while now I've been trying my hand at short stories -- feeling my way to what sounds right to me. So many modern stories are dark and brooding and angst-filled and that doesn't come naturally to me. But I write what I like and have submitted a few here and there -- with no takers so far. Probably due to a lack of angst.
About a year ago I blogged (HERE ) about a story I was working on. I loved the main character and am happy to say that "Vondalee Puts On Her Cat Eye Glasses" was named a finalist in the NC Literary Review's Doris Betts competition.
Alas, that doesn't mean they'll publish it -- but it's part of a linked series of stories that I'm working on and hope to find a home for eventually.
(No, no news as yet about the Civil War novel . . . again, alas. But this was a bit of bright news.)