I managed to finish the new short story. What was once called Paradox is now titled Regarding the Barry Fitzpatrick’s Navigator. I’ll probably submit this to a workshop before sending it off to any magazines, see what other writer’s have to say before I waste an editor’s time with it. In the mean time I have yet another science fiction short on the table. This one’s inspired by a recent trip to the coal mining country of West Virginia and will be based on some of my mother’s childhood recollections. No title yet, but I’ll be sure to post something about it soon.
Archive for October, 2007
Over the last few days I’ve blasted through a new short story. I’m not certain I really like it all that much, but at least it’s complete except for some final editing. It’s SciFi this time and right now the title is Paradox. I named it that thinking of time dilation paradox, but then I looked it up and discovered it’s called time dilation effect. I’ll either change the title later or leave it a mystery.
Last Friday I took a large step towards my goal of one day becoming a professional writer. I opened my mailbox and found a familiar envelope, one I’d addressed to myself several weeks ago. I took it well, after ripping the shirt from my breast and flagellating myself for several hours with an old typewriter ribbon I settled down into a nice quiet sulk. Actually I spent the next half hour printing out a new copy of Divine Fire, a new SASE and a mailing label with another editor’s address on it. I dropped it off at the post office on my way to the dollar store where I bought a cheap plastic frame. My form letter rejection from a major magazine now proudly adorns the wall of my office. I may not be a pro yet, but I now have something every pro in the business has: my first rejection letter.