The crits have come and gone, and now I’m at the beginning stages of a revision — exactly where I was eleven months ago, just on a different book. (I guess I am being productive after all.) Overall, they’re positive, and the usual mix of insightful, funny, and unflinching critique that I’ve come to expect from BRAWL. I even have a few ideas on how to fix this. (And maybe I’ll blog about it this time, too.) Most of them have to do with patches: the pieces of story that didn’t quite hold up, the rationale that does not stand under scrutiny, the pacing change from beginning to end. In terms of plot, there’s at least one major change I want to make and one major addition to ease the ending. The final result won’t be visible for a while, though.
In the meantime, there’s a much more immediate victory to celebrate: My short story “Salvage” will be included in Steampunk Revolution, the third anthology from Tachyon Publications, out later this year. I’m thrilled to be part of it and, again, humbled by the company in which I find myself. Many thanks to the editor, Ann VanderMeer, and to Beneath Ceaseless Skies for printing the story in the first place!
[edited to fix attribution -- sorry!]