I wrote a story and submitted it to a magazine.
It was rejected.
I took a look at it and changed a single line of dialogue in the ending.
I submitted it to a different magazine and it was accepted.
Things I will never know: Whether the first magazine would have accepted the story if I had changed that line before sending it to them. Whether the second magazine would have accepted the story if I had not changed the line.
Thing I do know: The story will be out in the spring.
My new Tom Clancy’s The Division novel is all done and off to Penguin for copyediting. I’ll share the title as soon as it gets approved. Looking forward to seeing it between covers!
Just tonight I ran across this video of the indomitable Lorraine Cink taking part in the audio recording of my prose adaptation of Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars. Pretty neat to see and hear brief snippets of the actors bringing it to life.
I feel like I’ve done a lot of talking over the past couple of months, mostly about The Comic Book Story of Baseball. If you care to listen to some of those conversations, here are links:
WBUR’s “Radio Boston,” with Anthony Brooks
“Baseball by the Book,” with Justin McGuire
“Beyond the Trope,” with Giles Hash (Tomm Coker’s on this one too!)
I also talked about life as a tie-in writer with Minister Faust, on MF Galaxy. (Whose novels you should read.)
On the short fiction front, the new issue of Lightspeed Magazine contains a new story of mine, “The Atonement Path.” Also, if you missed it back at the end of May, my short story “Black Friday” is up at Tor.com.
And, as always, there’s more stuff cooking on the various creative fronts. Stay tuned…