My second lucky break into the world of publication occurred shortly after the first meeting I attended of the Maryland Writers’ Association. I was lucky to be present when Vonnie Winslow Crist was the presenter, reading some excerpts from her book The Greener Forest. At that time Vonnie also talked about THE GUNPOWDER REVIEW, a literary magazine she co-edited with Wendy Hellier Stevens. THE REVIEW specializes is works submitted by female writers in Maryland. She let us know that she would be accepting short stories and poems for the next few weeks.
Elated I rushed home and turned on the computer! I had written several short stories about animals and after a few revisions I was happy to send her a copy of “Buck and the Lady in the Lake,” featuring my first greatly loved Golden Retriever, Buck. After doing some of her own editing, Vonnie accepted the story and it was included in THE GUNPOWDER REVIEW 2011 edition! I was happy to be invited to launch the publication at a book reading held at Barnes and Noble in Bel Air in November of that year.
Many thanks to Vonnie and the Gunpowder Branch of the National League of American Pen Women for their efforts in creating this wonderful beautiful assembled collection of works by Maryland women authors and artists. The magazine is available at Lulu.com and Amazon.com. If you get the chance to read “Buck and the Lady in the Lake,” I would love to hear your comments!
An audio sample from the short story can be found here:[audio http://nancyalexander.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/buck-sample.mp3%5D