So if you have been following my progress this month on my Facebook page, then you know that I inserted writing a short story with Nevi into my NaNoWriMo noveling efforts. Well, that story was a Marketplace fan fiction that we submitted to Laura Antoniou’s newest anthology No Safewords II, which is the follow up collection to No Safewords that she released early in 2013.
After several days of nerve wrecking waiting, we got news about the story. And we were accepted into the anthology!
This is a really big deal for me, personally, because Laura Antoniou is one of my personal heroes. Her book The Slave changed my life. I got my hands on it somehow when I was a young, burgeoning writer and it just blew my mind. The characters, the concepts, the raw power of her writing has been in the back of my mind ever since. I can safely say that she is my leather godmother! I would not be the writer I am today without the Marketplace books.
Being included in her anthology for the Marketplace universe is still very surreal, which is why I haven’t announced it yet. I’ve been digesting the news privately for the last three days.
And as for NaNo, I am still chugging away with only 14K words left to go. I know for a fact that the project I’m working on will be much, much more than the 50K of NaNo. But having that much of it done at the end of the month will make a huge dent in the work of creating the original story out of what was once a fan fiction.