There’s the nervousness of submitting fiction in the hopes an editor might accept it, and then there’s the joy and disbelief when it’s accepted, and then there’s the roller coaster of excitement and panic when it is published, because that’s when you really notice all the mistakes you should have fixed in the first place. And how pretentious your bio sounds. And how embarrassing it is to see all the really good stories alongside your fiction, like your story showed up at a party thinking it was going to be a casual BBQ sort of thing so nobody would notice the coffee stain on its jeans and that it is sorta overdue for a haircut, and then when it walks in it turns out to be an elegant cocktail party full of really good-looking, witty people dressed like they just stepped out of a fashion spread.
Everybody feels that way, right?
Anyway! Fireside Fiction #19 was published yesterday, and my modest contribution aside, it is, as is its wont, laden with good stuff. I’m looking forward to setting aside time to read “Tuesdays with Molakesh the Destroyer” in particular.