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What Happened To Alex Brown

In reconnecting with so many people these last few weeks as I get set to re-launch Romantic Shorts, the one question I’m running into almost as much as ‘Will you consider my story?’ is, ‘What happened to you?’

For now, let’s just say that that is a very long story. But in a nutshell, it’s been quite a trek. There was a lot of grief – still is, actually – but I’m stronger now. Mostly. I wrote a book. I’ve started reaching out to help other women who have had the rug pulled out from under them mid-life. And now I’m back to finish what I started.

Except that by finish, I mean finish starting.

Romantic Shorts has been my baby for a long time. I have great plans for it. And there is no way I’m letting this one get away.

If you’d like to read a little more, please visit my site at AlexStacey.com or check out my novel, A Road To Joy.

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Seeing Writers Grow Is Worth Everything

I originally set out on my quest to build Romantic Shorts for a slew of good reasons: for me, for my family, to build something from nothing, to help others, writers, their careers, their families, readers, to meet people… You get the idea.

As I’ve been spending more and more time back online, still wading through hundreds of email messages, some as old as three full years now, I’ve been tiptoeing gently, a little wary of the kind of response I’m going to get from people who expected a reply from me a lifetime ago. As it turns out, this is one of the most exciting tasks I’ve ever taken on.

Opting for a humble and honest approach, I’m responding to all of those emails, queries, and manuscript submissions, one by one, and, more often than not, finding myself moved to tears. You guys are amazing people!

Everyone has been so understanding, so supportive, and incredibly friendly. Having to reject a story submission almost three years after its author saw fit to entrust me with it is a daunting prospect. But all have led to short and long conversations about where they are now, what has changed, and how far life has led them. And I am having great fun learning how life has gone on while I hid. I didn’t expect this.

But the one who prompted me to write this post, young Christopher, has me smiling sunshine this morning. At 18, Christopher sent me a story that, while it showed hints of promise in the writing, was not a fit for Romantic Shorts at all. I emailed him yesterday with my reply, hoping to encourage more than not, but had to reject the story on many levels.

I woke this morning to his reply. He has since grown up. Kept writing. And has taken that awkward little story and fleshed it out into what now looks like a promising novel. He sent me the first chapter. His writing has grown far more than I’d think two years should allow. His ideas are fresh and enticing. And his future as a writer looks quite exciting. I found myself reading his update feeling a pride that has nothing to do with me.

It seems that, even in my absence, Romantic Shorts has been working away, out there in cyberspace, plugging along without me, doing good, helping others, and making a bit of a difference.

And after all, isn’t that what we all want from our children?

It’s a good day!

Alex.

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A Quiet Return To Real Life

If I had a cottage that I had barely visited in the last three years, knowing it needed some attention, but unable to get there, I would certainly expect to arrive this week and find one heck of a disaster. Happily, not a total loss. The building was, and is still, in great shape. The grounds have gotten away with a fair bit of wanton behaviour. And it seems a critter has managed to gain entrance and make a little mischief. All in all though, it could be worse.
 
But the most difficult part of returning is finding that the municipality has repaved, rerouted, or removed all of the roads in and out of the property. At first glance, I can’t get there from here. I may have to swap out my car for a horse…
 
And so it is, with Romantic Shorts. While my neglect has spared me my worst fears, it seems it’s going to take a considerable effort on my part to find my way around again, reconnect with the neighbours, and feel like I belong once more.
 
Now, with no grandiose pomp and circumstance surrounding my return to public life, and with new digs completed and oh-so-perfectly-appointed *smile and a heavy sigh of satisfaction,* I am back to work, quietly plugging away at emails, submissions, and website revision.
 
The door is open for manuscript submissions. Although, until the actual submission page is repaired – that’s the door the raccoon broke through – manuscripts can be submitted by email attachment to submissions@romanticshorts.com
One of the plugins I have on the website is a silly fun thing that quotes a different line from ‘Hello Dolly’ every time I open the admin page. Today, I was greeted with, “It’s so nice to have you back where you belong…”
Likewise, Romantic Shorts. Likewise.

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