Status: This is the final draft of this story. I sent it out to a few dozen literary magazines just to assess what the waters are like, and I received a handful of higher-tier rejections and a personalized one, so that's definitely encouraging! This is the final draft I have after going through it with David Rodeback's critiques in mind. His critiques have left me a better writer. Thank you, David. I don't know if thanking will ever be enough.
Status: I thought I'd post the last draft here. This is the draft I had after implementing all of David Rodeback's ideas, suggestions, and edits. The manuscript now is cleaner, more economical, and I learned a great deal about revising along the way (that experience was crucially invaluable). It is worth mentioning, also, that this draft is not the final draft; I will be working on another in the year ahead using 95% of the prose here. Thank you, David, for helping me become a better writer.
Status: This is the first part of another short story. In it, a social media savvy woman called Alex lives and breathes her beauty. The more she unravels her appearance, the more her world changes. I'd appreciate your thoughts *so* much. Thanks! :-)