“Return to Pride” began as an idea for a short story when I participated in the local Reno Pride event two years ago, in July 2016. Marching in the parade, looking around at all the couples surrounding me, I started to develop the characters of Colin and Jordan and where their journey would take them.
I workshopped the piece back in September 2016 and got lots of great feedback for revision. I started sending the story out to literary magazines by the end of that year, and then I kept revising it, kept sending it out, for close to a year and a half. At one point I thought about giving up with this story, but I pressed on earlier this year and send it to about ten more places.
Last month I received a warm acceptance letter from Chelsea Station Magazine, and this weekend my piece was published online! Check it out, if you’d like. It’s one of the sweetest, most romantic tales I’ve ever written, certainly different than the works of horror and suspense I usually write.
Thanks for reading, and please do let me know what you think!