Hello, everyone! I have a wonderful announcement!
The Aurora Journal recently came out with their Summer 2021 Volume, and I have published a piece in this volume!
When I first started this blog, I thought about including separate posts with work that I published, so I want to include the work down below! I’ll also include the link here so you can check out the other pieces in the volume.
Here it is!
Three in the morning, thunder merely at a purr. Frightened, the boy hurried down the hall of his grandfather’s Queen Anne house. Windowpanes were swatches of velvety black, staring at him with their own unseen eyes. The boy rounded the corner into his grandfather’s study to see the girl’s ghost in her cashmere melody. She held a copy of Viri Romae, the frayed green edges lined in gauzy white where her fingertips gripped. She had a thick luster in her eyes, a deep lilt in her voice when she spoke.
Will you let your grandfather know I must borrow this book?
The boy noticed the buoyancy of her hair, how it floated in the wind that wasn’t. She kept a mist along her naked feet. Shoulders saturated in a glimmering constellation.
Where did you come from?
The girl’s ghost held out an arm, set the book in the sea foam folds of her robes. The boy watched it disappear into serene nothing. She turned to the withering globe the boy’s grandfather kept underneath the window.
I lived about here. I need to borrow a book for the trip home.
She dropped a cotton finger along the latitude lines that never were, where explorers always speculated fairyland would be. A light brush of the finger against the aging wood, and the boy opened his eyes.
Like the ticking of time, the dreams left one by one. Years and years rolled by in waves, washing away the glittering fantasies. The boy became a man and inherited his grandfather’s house. One night he heard the thunder echoing along the hills, and when he came to his grandfather’s study, he found the girl’s ghost in the window, her form resting on the same old globe.
How did you find the book?
The girl turned from the starry night, crystal tears in her eyes.
I’m afraid I lost it, dear.
But this is only half of my announcement!
The Aurora Journal is still accepting applications for different positions, including Staff Contributor. They welcome your application no matter your experience! You can check it out here.
I highly recommend working with literary journals, especially if you want to publish with them or even start your own one day. You not only get a feel for how submissions are processed and edited for a journal, but you also have the opportunity to learn how to recognize the type of writing the journal wants. Think you have an eye for it?
You can also check out The Aurora Journal on Twitter! They’ll be conducting an interview competition, where one author from the published volume will be selected for an interview that will be published across their platforms! Be sure to check it out here!
Thanks again for taking the time to read this!
Want to know more? Click the LEARN MORE button at home. You’ll find some helpful links to my own work in journals (which I hope to eventually post here too!). You can find my work at Ariel Chart, the Cedarville Review, Nailpolish Stories, Bluepepper, and 50 Word Stories! Also look for me in Anti-Heroin Chic, and Sledgehammer Lit.
My Writing in a Woman’s Voice piece was published on the 20th! You can find it here!