My short story "Special Ops" was posted today on the Ray Gun Revival website. This was one of the first stories I wrote when I returned to writing fiction last summer. As I recall, it was inspired in part by having listened to a collection of Ian Fleming's James Bond short stories on audiobook and thinking about how a Bond-esque story might play out in science fiction.
Earlier this year RGR sent me a response to the version of the story I had sent to them saying that they liked certain aspects of the story but didn't like certain other aspects as well. If I'd give it a rewrite, they would take a second look at it.
The rewrite ended up being fairly involved but (as I so often say about my stories) I have a fondness for this story and I was more than happy to take another crack at it. The revised version struck me as being better and, fortunately, the editorial staff of RGR agreed.
I hope you enjoy reading "Special Ops." If you read it, you can comment on their site and/or here -- either way, I'll make sure to check out your comments.
While I'm here, since it's getting close to mid-month, I'm going to do a quick June Goal status check.
1) Keep all my writing
routines -- Daily Writing Chain (aka Seinfeld Chain), blogging schedule,
etc. - This is going fine so far.
2) Write and submit one or more short stories for the first time. - I wrote a new short story last night; it probably needs a fair amount of work still, as it was a quick first draft for a timed contest, but I'll try to get it out the door this month.
3) Make revisions to my non-fiction project based on feedback and my own editing of it. - This is going to be my primary focus for the rest of the month. I expect to do very little new fiction writing between now and the end of June, especially since...
4) Write 7,500 words of new fiction. - I'm within 500 words of this goal at this point, having written over 5,000 words finishing up a novelette and also having written the new story last night.
5) On 6/30, have two non-time-sensitive blog posts written and ready for
future use on a day when I'm not able to post something "new." - On target at the moment.
6) Launch at least one new eBook. - I expect this should happen. I hope that this will be the culmination of my non-fiction project.
7) Schedule another "revising day." - I defined this goal strictly as scheduling the day, not holding it. I've booked July 6th for this day, so this goal is met.