Exciting news and bad news

Yesterday, I got a PM:


I accidentally came across your thread. I’m from Cork, Ireland myself (and currently back living there for this year!), and I’d be happy to take a look at your story. I haven’t edited a lit story before, but I have years of editing experience, in academia to peer-reviewed level, and now in industry. I have a pretty busy home life at the moment, but I’m sure that I’d be able to take a decent look and spot anything that sounds inauthentic or jarring.

Let me know if this interests you, and if you have any questions, please ask.

Great! I really want an Irish speaker to read over “My European Summer Vacation” before I publish it. I wrote back, “That would be so awesome. Do you have an email address I can send the story to?” I haven’t heard from him since.


The challenges of asking for help from people over the internet. Over a week ago, I sent “My Sister Set Me Up On A Blind Date” and he never responded. I sent him an email Wednesday morning. Still nothing. So I asked someone else to edit the story for me. He’s got a several week queue in front of him of stories to edit.

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