Thursday, March 19, 2009

Days of Dreams: The Mystery of Success, Part Two

It's been a while since I've posted on this blog--I've been very busy, working on my manuscripts whenever I can steal time from my family and volunteer responsibilities. Like so many of you, I'm sure, I've been working persistently. To my way of thinking, persistence is the key to unlocking and stepping through that door to a place where dreams come true. We have to keep at it, work doggedly if we must, work everlastingly until we find our dreams.

So today, it's with great pleasure that I report results from my persistent work, my practice of never giving up--the first sale of a work of fiction authored by me. My romantic short story, Chateau, appears in the current issue (March/April) of New Love Stories magazine, available right now by subscription and in some local Borders bookstores.

Now I'm "officially" published -- a dream come true.

Here's something I never expected: being published feels quite comfortable. If you happened to read my blog way back in June 2008 (Days of Dreams: The Mystery of Success), you might remember how it struck me then that after striving and striving, success seems to come in a single instant.

Here's another example--learning of my publication in an instant at my mailbox.

A few days ago, I'd returned home with my daughter after a trip to the local day spa for a manicure and pedicure together, a ritual she and I seem to have established for whenever she comes home from college. She'd just returned for spring break from George Washington University on the East Coast. As I pulled into the driveway, I passed our mailbox and commented that I hadn't yet picked up the day's mail. After I retrieved the mail from the box, I fanned through the bills and junk mail. Right away I saw an envelope from Phoenix Publishing in New York. "Oh," I said. "I think this might be my story in the magazine."

When we got to the kitchen, I ripped open the envelope, and sure enough, in my hands was a copy of the contract I'd signed, a check for payment, and two copies of the magazine. The timing seemed especially right, since my daughter has long been a supporter of my writing (as has been my husband.)

Needless to say, the three of us each read the story right away. I'm happy to tell you that both my daughter and my husband liked it. (Believe me; if they didn't, they'd tell me. We're that kind of family.)

I've been waiting since June for the story to come out. In retrospect, that's not such a long wait, but until the other day at my mail box, at times the wait seemed long. Then, in an instant, my wait was over.

I share my news and these feelings not only to ask you to get the magazine and read my story, but just as importantly, to encourage you on your path to fulfilling your dreams.

We work. We wait. And then there comes that day -- that instant -- when our wait is over and a dream has come true.

I wish you luck and many blessings as you work persistently to make your dreams come true. Use persistence as a key. Never, ever give up.

Oh, and if you can't find the magazine in bookstores or the newstand, and you'd like to subscribe,



just click here!

If you subscribe right away, maybe you'll receive the current issue.

xo, ciao,


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Anonymous Jill James said...

Rita, you are proof that persistance pays off. Congratulations on what I am sure is just the first of many publication days.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Bella Andre said...


I am SO THRILLED for you! I cannot wait to pick up my own copy of the magazine and read your story. I know it's going to be wonderful.

;-) Bella

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Rita St. Claire said...


Thanks for your comment. And thanks for your wishes for more publication for me. I wish that, too, for you and all my writer friends!


5:20 PM  
Anonymous Rita St. Claire said...


Thanks so much. It's wonderful to have you share in my joy. If you can get the magazine, do let me know what you think of my story. I'd love to hear your opinion!


5:21 PM  
Blogger Stacey Joy Netzel said...

Rita, Darn it, I had that issue in my hand at Target the other day to give the magazine a try, but I put it back. Grrr. I'll have to go back and get me a copy. :) Major congratulations on your first sale and I have no doubt you will be persistant enough for MANY more! :)

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Carol Ericson said...

Congrats, Rita! What a great feeling to hold that magazine in your hands (and to cash the check).

9:48 PM  
Blogger Vanessa Kelly said...

Congratulations, Rita! What a great feeling.

Persistence is the name of the game - I've been told by so many writers and editors that you can have all the talent in the world, but you have to stick with it.

And you did!

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Will pick up a copy of the magazine and comment after I read it.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad you persisted and have been published. I hope this is an indication of the future.

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Rita.


9:31 AM  
Blogger Chiron said...

Rita, this is fantastic news. You've shown that perservance is the key to success!

Congratulations on your first sale! I'm seeing a long and fruitful career in your future!!

Smiles and hugs!
Chiron O'Keefe

9:59 AM  
Blogger Rita Horiguchi, writing as Rita St. Claire said...

Thank you so much to all who commented here and offered congratulations. Since my husband recently became seriously ill, I haven't been able to get back to each of you individually. So many of you are fellow writers--and whether you are or not--your support means so much to me!


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