Over a decade ago, when I was still in high school, I found submission guidelines for a new children's fantasy magazine named Spellbound. Excited that they looked exactly like my kind of thing, I wrote a new short story and submitted it. They rejected it. But more were encouraged, so I tried again. This resulted in my first published short story, "Cindy's Fairy Godmother."
In the next few years, I published a second short story in Spellbound, and then it eventually folded. Imagine my jubiliation when I learned it was re-opening -- as an e-publication -- this year.
So now I have a new short story published in Spellbound's Spring 2013 issue -- you should check it out!
Progress on various story projects:
The Keeper and the Rulership
My Genie Sister #1
It usually takes me around three years to draft, one year to rewrite, and one year to polish anything.
Good thing I do a whole lot simultaneously!