20 Years

This month marks twenty years since I sold my first professional short story — “Rossetti Song,” to Gordon Van Gelder at F&SF. So everything that has happened since then is his fault.

I am profoundly grateful to everyone who has ever read anything I wrote…which, if you look back over those twenty years, includes:

  • 47 books
  • 8 games
  • 7 comic series
  • 2 graphic novels
  • 57 short stories
  • 2 short films
  • 1 TV episode

Readers and players, you’ve let me do a dream job for a long time now. Thanks.

Here’s to another 20 years! Or 40!

Writing, Rejection, Revision: A Parable, Sort Of

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.