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March 1st, 2008

01:45 am
*evil laughter*

The lovely and effulgent myfeetshowit pointed out that the arrest scene in the Giant Bugs story didn't feel quite organic. The cop does kind of come out of left field, but I really needed her to be arrested.

I have solved that problem. The first scene has been rewritten (again!) so that she actually finds the mantis in the yard, eating her dog. The cop who arrests her at the end of the story is introduced there at the beginning--as the neighbor who helps her bury the dog.

YAY.

ETA: And it's gone from a rather anemic wordcount of 2800 to a robust 4000, with the new scenes. Amazing how that works.

04:03 pm
Call for subs!

Via specficmarkets, which I notice many of you on my flist are not members of, but you totally should be.

The National Space Society (NSS) and Hadley Rille Books announce the RETURN TO LUNA Short Story Contest.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR: Science Fiction stories that show the adventure of lunar settlement. We want to feel the romance of life there, the wonder of the lunar frontier, of its magnificent desolation. We prefer near future (50 to 150 years from now), realistic stories about human lunar settlement. We want good characterization and well-written, tight prose. We want to feel what it's like to live on the Moon.

Length: 2000-6000 words
Deadline: June 15, 2008
More Details: At link above. ^

Payment appears to be publication and a membership to the National Space Society, and they'll submit all the stories they publish to the relevant "Year's Best" antho's.

What are you waiting for? Go forth and write!