First Story Written for 2015; Dead Lines Contract Returned

Happy New Year to all!  Mine has started off well, albeit with a bit of queasiness when I first woke up this morning.  Not a hangover, mind you, but a reminder that eggnog counts for even the mildly lactose intolerant.  Still, it seemed a good idea at the time. . . .

Parties are parties even though I hosted this one, with the real payment to come as I “re-mess” the house, putting all my stuff back where it belongs, cluttered about me for convenient use, after having boxed it and hidden it away to make room for last night’s guests.

Arnold Böcklin, circa 1878

Arnold Böcklin, circa 1878

But first today I wrote a story, the first of the new year.  It is only a short one, just 900 words, based on Greek mythology (as it translates to more modern times) called “Medusa Steps Out.”  But if nothing else, it gives me something for my writers group meeting later this month.

Also concerning stories not much over 1000 words, my last official writing act of the year just past was two days ago, December 30, with the receipt, agreement, and sending back the contract for “Dead Lines” (see December 23) to DAILY SCIENCE FICTION, along with a bio-note and brief description of how the story came about.  You too will be able to read this when “Dead Lines” is published, but that probably won’t come for several months so, for now, let me just say a lot of it goes back to Edgar Allan Poe.

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  1. Sorry about your queasy stomach –not due to alcohol. That’s egg nog for you! But perhaps that inspired you to keep plugging this morning and wishing you all best with the 900 word story! Way to start 2015! Bravo!

    Looking forward to the DSF story this year.




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