So it’s Monday and I opened my email and got this:

Hey Eliza,

I just wanted to tell you that I read your story “December” in StoryQuarterly 44 and it was unlike any other short story I had ever read. You took conventions and cliches and turned them on their heads. It was one of the most unlikely relationships I had ever seen put to paper, and by the end of the story I was rooting for them. The climax was emotionally resonant and came out of nowhere. I loved it.

Thank you very much! It’s amazing that there are people who take the time to read my work and write to me.

Have a great week everyone.

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