There are three difficulties in authorship: to write anything worth publishing — to find honest men to publish it — and to get sensible men to read it. – Charles Caleb Cotton
Exhilaration. Euphoric. Excitement. Being published for the first time brings these feelings to the foremost of your mind. Even if your story makes no money and is in an online magazine that no one’s heard of it still brings joy to know that it was good enough. That you’re good enough.
My short story entitled, Cell Forty-Nine, was accepted by the online magazine, Necrology Shorts. This website is dedicated to the horror genre even though my story possesses more mystery than horror. My story is labeled under my full name, Ashley Shae Hall. Having such a common first and last name makes the middle name required. Annoying? Yes. Necessary? Without a doubt.
Cell Forty-Nine takes place in mental institution in the state of Washington. The main character, Peter, is a night guard who tries to help a patient, Ilsa, who proclaims her innocence and mental stability.
The story is just over 2,600 words so if you are interested it won’t take very long to read. And if you do read it, I would very much like to hear your comments, concerns or criticisms.