I think I’ve mentioned that Big Pulp has accepted my short story Applied Science, which is the adapted first chapter of Brain From Outer Space.
If I didn’t mention it already, well, I am now.
Either way, along with telling me they liked it, the Pulpsters said that when they revamp the magazine Web site next year, they want to include a series running over several issues, rather than just unrelated stories. And since they thought my setting had potential and my writing was good, they asked if I’d be interested.
After a lot of questions and a lot of answers, I said yes. Honestly, what else could I say when someone asks me for more work?
It’s very cool and very exciting to get a shot like this; it’s also nerve-wracking. I’ve never had a deadline for my fiction before, so I’ve always been able to work, pause, rewrite, work, pause (repeat as needed) until it was ready. Having to get a story ready on time—not just once but multiple times—is scary as hell.
But it’s still exciting. It’s obviously good for me professionally, it’s good just to get more stories published, and it can’t hurt Brain From Outer Space when I finally finish it to have (hopefully) some fans of the setting. And it’s incredibly stimulating having a challenge someone else has set rather than just meeting my own goals.
Wish me luck!