I have a new story just out in a wonderful collection called Love and Rockets. The collection is out of DAW Books and is edited by Kerrie Hughes and Martin H. Greenberg. It also has an introduction by Lois McMaster Bujold.
My story is called “Music in Time” and to be honest I’m very proud of it. A year from now I’ll get it out as an electronic story, but until then you’ll only be able to read it in the book.
The other authors in this book are Brenda Cooper, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Jay Lake, Anita Ensal, Sylvia Kelso with Lillian Stewart Carl, Steven H. Silver, Donald J. Bingle, Shannon Page and Jay Lake, Kelly Swails, Jody Lynn Nye, Tim Waggoner, and the anchor story by my wife, Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Her story is called “Drinking Games” and is flat wonderful.
I wrote a first attempt at my story, “Music in Time,” a number of years ago, but the story didn’t work. It even had an original Country Western song in it that I wrote called “My Farts Cry for You.” Not kidding. Lyrics and all.
But when Kerrie asked me for a story for this wonderful book, I remembered this story idea that I had failed on with the first attempt. So I just redrafted the same idea without looking at the first story at all. And I didn’t include any song lyrics. I remember the first story being somewhat unfocused, while this story I kept my focus because of the challenge of writing for this anthology. And that made all the difference.
I did not look at the first attempt and won’t, I just took the idea and this time I liked what I finished. And thankfully, Kerrie liked it as well.
Go find this anthology, folks. Trust me, with all these writers, you won’t be sorry.
On another note:
New short story challenge starts at midnight on Friday. I went upstairs two days ago and just sat and copied about fifty half-titles from a run of Ellery Queen Magazines, then on a second page I copies another fifty half-titles from a run of 1950s sf digests. Combining half a title from the Queens and half from the old sf digests should give me some interesting story titles to jump from.
The challenge to myself is to write 100 new short stories and get them up electronically for sale in 2011. And if Kris tells me a story should go to Queen or Asimov’s, that story won’t count in the challenge since it will go off into the mail to a traditional market. Plus I have a ton of other writing and work to do, so this is going to be fun and crazy. Stay tuned right here, I’ll detail it all out as it goes.
And go buy Love and Rockets. I’m really proud of that story.