You’ll be a writer one day, son. Third and final part.
As I had said, the Star Trek fanzine publisher of the magazine was interested in publishing one of my stories I had written for my mom. She was sending it back with some editing suggestions for me to make and then it would be published in her summer edition. I remember thinking editing? That’s probably easy enough to do. Yeah…I had a lot to learn.
So…I was naively thinking there would probably only be a few changes that she would have made to my story. Uh huh. When I received the Star Trek story back in the mail it would be my first taste of an editor’s red ink. We went back and forth a couple of times, maybe three, before she was completely satisfied. Very soon afterwards I also had my first taste of seeing my story in print. Now, you would have thought that this excitement of publishing would have spurred me on to write more. But it did not. And if I’m being honest with you, I can’t give you a real good reason, or any reason at all for that matter why I just simply stopped writing. But I did.
Fast forward about a decade to January of 2003, a sad time for me, my mom finally succumbed to diabetes. I remember a few months before that I was visiting her and a neighbor was there. She introduced me, quickly adding that one day I would be a writer. I think I shook my head saying, I don’t think so. And she said, I know so.
About 3 months after my mom passed away, the story idea that would become Lonely Deceptions came to me and for whatever reason I was compelled to write it, and I haven’t stopped writing since. I guess my mom right, she usually was.
By the way, yes I still have those other unedited typed Star Trek short stories. I’ll have to read them again…one day.