i can see my future, and there are edits in it

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Today I have exceedingly good news: I have sold a story to ASIM. Tentative publication date is April 2010.

For those playing along at home, I wrote the first draft of this story in January 2005, during my stint at Clarion. (Actually, since it was my week one story, I probably started it, in some brief and jotted form at least, in late December 2004.) I can't remember what I called it at the time (probably something genius like "Untitled"), but it's since acquired the title "Shaping Lily".

The story was inspired by the meeting of two ideas: an epic(ish) quest fantasy story wherein the main character was a little old lady, and Web of Light, by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. (And in seeking out that link for you, I've only just gone and gotten myself lost in browsing Stephanie's site. Again.)

It's a quaint little story, and one I'm very fond of, so I'm glad it's found a good home.

And in updating my spreadsheet which records these things for me, I've belatedly realised I have exactly one short story currently doing the rounds of submissions, and nothing else to offer. I do have a handful of short stories in serious need of revising (some of my Clarion stories are still languishing, for example — although I think they'll stay languishing, except for one, which may turn into a novel. Like I need yet another novel idea in the queue. Still, too many ideas is a nicer problem to have than not enough ideas, I suppose).

H'm. Perhaps it's time to work on revising or drafting a short story or two.

8 thoughts on “i can see my future, and there are edits in it

  1. I find it oddly comforting that you still have stories from Clarion in the To Do pile. 🙂 I'm getting ready to send the first of mine out.

  2. And DUH! yes, congratulations on your sale of 'Shaping the Lily' to ASIM. I think I need more stories in my life where the heroes aren't all teen-agers – little old ladies sound absolutely perfect, so I will be keeping my eye out for it.

  3. @Liz: my lord do I have stories from the clarion still in the to-do pile. And if it helps, I am not the only one of my clarion intake who does 😉

    @Melinda: thank you!

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