Linda Nagata: the blog at Hahví.net

First Short Story Sale of 2013

February 5th, 2013

At the end of 2012, I posted an assessment of my writing goals for the year. I originally noted that I’d written only three short stories instead of the four I’d hoped to do. This is what happened:

3. Finish four pieces of short fiction.

Fail! I finished only three short stories, though I did get to sell all three to good markets.

Update, December 31: In the comments one of my most supportive readers, Willy B, took me to task for calling this a fail, and then pointed out I had four days to write another short story … so I did. I finished a solid draft last night, and even though I still have to read it over and (I’m sure) fix it up, it IS a finished story, so I’m switching this from “Fail” to “Done.” Thanks, Willy B!

I got some feedback on the story, titled “Halfway Home,” early in the month, and then shelved it for three weeks while frantically revising the forthcoming novel. But I finally sat down to work on the revision, and yesterday I sold “Halfway Home” — 🙂 — to editor John Joseph Adams for new online publication Nightmare Magazine by Creeping Hemlock Press.

Now, if you’d asked me last week if I write horror, I would have said “No!” That stuff is scary. I still wouldn’t call myself a horror writer. In my mind, “Halfway Home” is a dark fantasy with a here-and-now setting, or possibly it’s magic realism, or…well, it’s a short story, anyway. I’ll leave it to y’all to figure out the genre.

And an extra “Thank you!” to Willy B for encouraging me to write it!

Posted on: Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 at 10:47 am
Categories: Short Stories.
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5 Responses to “First Short Story Sale of 2013”

  1. Paul (@princejvstin) Says:

    Huzzah! Congratulations!

  2. Fabio Fernandes Says:

    Awesome news! Congrats, Linda!

  3. Linda Says:

    Thank you, both, Paul and Fabio! Much appreciated. 🙂

  4. Sue Says:

    You know, that first short story in Analog (and my senile brain cannot think of the title right now), could have been turned to horror. Can’t think of the name, it was 25 years ago? I’ll have to go dig for the magazine.

  5. Linda Says:

    That was “Spectral Expectations.” A ghost story in Analog — I always thought that was a great irony. Anyway, that story is available now, along with all my other early stories, in the collection Goddesses & Other Stories — print and ebook versions. 🙂