That’s my third pro level spec fiction publication since I had a story in Asimov’s and one in Interzoneunder my previous name.
For the last few years, I’ve been learning to write novel-length contemporary romance. I’ve garnered helpful editorial rejections that taught me to focus on strengthening my plots. Selling this little story in my old genre came as a delightful surprise.
I was uneasy to return to the quicker pace of short story writing after the long, slow haul of writing at novel length, but my mind’s boiling over with spec fiction ideas and there’s now a sheaf of drafts/ideas on my writing desk.
Which to concentrate on is the question, isn’t it? All I can do is write both spec fiction and romance, and see where it all leads.
So these days I’m getting up earlier. If the birds have started twittering, I’ve stayed in bed too long. (And sometimes I do.)