First draft of “Graveyard Shift” is in the can

I finished the first draft of “The Graveyard Shift” just a few minutes ago and at 16,500 words, it’s about the longest story that I’ve ever written. About 85 manuscript pages. It also needs a lot of work, especially in pacing, character development and the resolution to the story at the end. But all-in-all, I think it’s a pretty good story. It’ll probably take me a couple of weeks to get the thing proofread and get the second draft written. Then it’s off to F&SF (and if it’s rejected there, to Asimov’s). I’ll print out the manuscript tomorrow.

On deck is a mainstream yarn about a minor-league baseball player, his aunt, and a “lost” memory from his childhood. I have no idea where I’ll send the story, but I’m going to write it nonetheless. If nothing else it will be good practice. Short too, maybe 3000-4000 words. My working title for it is “Muscle Memory” and I’ll start it tomorrow or Thursday.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.