I just had my first short story accepted for publication in the upcoming anthology, A Glitch in the Continuum, a collection about time travel gone horribly wrong. After receiving so many rejections, I expected to receive yet another. Here’s the reply to my submission:
Thanks for submitting ‘The Healing Time’ but I’m afraid I’ll have to…accept it! Congratulations 😀
I think your story has a very strong emotional core to it, and I really enjoyed the clear and obvious thought that’s gone into the execution of the piece. Definitely one of my favourites!
I’ve still got a lot of decisions to make regarding other acceptances, so it might be another couple of weeks before you hear from me again about this, but when you do it’ll be when I send you a first-pass edit. Once I receive all edits I’ll email contracts. Publication date is TBC, but I shan’t be surprised if it’s a good few months off yet (ie doesn’t appear until early next year).
Congrats again, and enjoy basking in the warm glow of acceptance!
I was quite surprised and happy to have my story accepted.
Here’s the cover of the book:
My story is The Healing Time.
Matthew Childers has experienced the tragic loss of his family at the hands of a brutal murderer, who walks free after a slick defense and incompetent prosecution at the trial. Even after a year, Matt hasn’t learned to cope with his loss and decides to seek revenge. After a confrontation in an alley with Matt, the murderer disappears. Matt’s shame in not being able to confront the man drives him to end it all, but a grief counselor named Sanborn intercedes and convinces Matt to allow him to help. Matt soon discovers that Sanborn has ulterior motives when he discloses that he is the one responsible for the murderer’s disappearance and that for a price, he will tell Matt where…or more appropriately when… the man is. Sanborn’s choice of words confuses Matt until he sees a demonstration of what Sanborn calls a temporal field generator, a machine that can send objects into the future.
In retrospect, I think I should have changed the title. I cut the original reference to “time healing all wounds” in the beginning, so the title’s meaning may not be as evident now.
Anyway, this has been a dream of mine since 5th Grade when I used to write short stories in the form of the 1940s serials where each chapter ended with the hero in some sort of peril and you had to wait until the following week to see what happened. I stopped writing my latter years in high school and instead thought about film making. College put a damper on any creative works and I didn’t do anything creative until 2000 when I collaborated with a friend, Thomas, on a video roast of our senior boss. I dabbled in trying to write Interactive Fiction, finally going back to writing fiction with Thomas. I wrote my first few stories in 2007 along with the beginnings of a novel, and finally finished The Healing Time in 2008 during my lunch breaks at work.
I have a novellette/novella (10,000 words) in the submissions process now, along with an experimental flash fiction work (1,000 words), and a collaboration with Thomas (also flash).
I have several other projects on the back burner at the moment, including the interactive fiction game, and hope to complete them soon. I still dream of having my novel published, but I’ve hit a roadblock in the plot design.