Writing

My First Ever Magazine Launch

In October, I went to my first and hopefully not my last magazine launch.

I was excited about it. Afterwards I felt and still feel so inspired.

I’m not sure when this inspiration will wear off, but I hope it lasts long enough for me to create some great work.

There was food. There were drinks. My subject-verb agreement sucks. I know that.

People read their poems and stories. I had a great time listening to them.

Of course, I had two classes back to back before the launch. So even though I had tired eyes and a sore body (because I woke up at seven in the morning to stretch, dance, and exercise), I enjoyed myself nonetheless.

I ate a chocolate cookie, a chocolate cupcake, and another chocolate delicacy. Can you tell I like chocolate? Give me chocolate flavoured anything, and I’ll be one happy girl.

I don’t collect much aside from books that contain other people’s words and publications that contain my own. I’m glad I get to grow my collections every so often.

If you’ve ever been involved with the writing industry in any capacity whatsoever, you know first-hand how quickly things happen. This magazine publication finally happened. It’s like I waited years instead of months for it.

On the subway home, I read my piece to refresh my memory because I’ve forgotten the specifics of the story. As a 20-year old, my memory isn’t what it used to be. I wrote a first draft in 2015. It was published in 2017.

Anyhow, I’m beyond proud because I submitted this story somewhere else and never heard back.

But I returned to the piece. I worked on it during exam season. I’m thankful nearly failing my exams paid off because the piece got published after all. By nearly failing, I mean not acing. Same thing, no?

I have no regrets. I wouldn’t do anything differently today or yesterday or all the other days leading up to this one.

Maybe I should submit my work to contests when and only when I have exams. I’m one for one.

Here’s a link to the magazine.

20 thoughts on “My First Ever Magazine Launch

  1. First, huge congratulations! Did you read your story at the launch? I’m going to check it out. Thanks for adding the link.
    Second, the last time I looked, ‘nearly failing’ and ‘not acing’ an exam were not the same thing. 🙂

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      1. I just got back from reading your story–twice! It’s so well written, and demonstrates your courage and determination to be the woman you are. I love the way you structured it, and can imagine many young women and girls would identify with you. I hope you keep submitting pieces–with your own mark on each of them! 🙂 And not to worry–you can always read at the launch of your next story! 🙂

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      2. Twice?! That’s fantastic. I appreciate the feedback. Means the world to me that you took the time to read the piece. I remember writing the story. It’s surreal reading this back. I would hope so. For sure! I’ll sign up to read the next chance I get.

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