In that post, I also mentioned the story was one of three finalists in contention for top slot. This, unfortunately, is not true. In my excitement over the story being accepted, I had misread the note.
Either way, my story will be included in an anthology due to be published in January of 2010. I will post details as time nears.
You can still vote for the other stories here. Registration is free and easy, and you can download a host of free books in electronic form.
Fear’s Last Gasp is a true story of how I overcame a life-long fear of the water — and a near drowning when I was a kid — in a terrifying moment in which one day I walked into the ocean thinking it was entirely possible I might not come back out on my own accord but knowing it was something I had to do.
In that moment, I stared my deepest fear in the eyes and begged it to blink.
“My deepest fear lurked in the swirling ocean before me. It was possible I might not come out alive. I was so nervous that I did not hear the horn sound to start the race, nor did I see that I was the last participant to enter the water. Instead I saw only that moment in my childhood when, not knowing how to swim, I had been tossed into the deep end of a pool.”