Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sale to Sounds of the Night

Some happy news I received on Thanksgiving Day: My science fiction romance story "Grounded" will appear in the February issue of the magazine Sounds of the Night. I had originally submitted this story to a different magazine by the same publisher, but the story fit quite nicely in this other market. I'm quite excited. This is my third sale this year and fourth overall.

In other news, I'm in the process of fine-tuning my Writers of the Future entry for Quarter 1. I wrote the first draft of this story the old-fashion way: with pen and paper. That's about 5,000 words filling up the pages of a spiral notebook, complete with whole paragraphs crossed out and rewritten, and notes in the margins. Doing it that way was an experiment. I tend to fiddle when I write, polishing and reworking what's already on the page instead of writing more. In longhand, I took away my opportunities to do that. And, lo! I finished the first draft in a week. This is a technique I will definitely be trying again.