This evening’s writing

I meant to sit down for an hour and work on “If By Reason of Strength”. Instead, I sat down for nearly an hour an a half and wrote just over 1,000 words and I am very pleased with what I have so far. I hope to make some more progress this week. I’m not sure how long this story will turn out to be yet, but I’m guessing somewhere between 6,000 – 8,000 words. Substantially shorter than “Graveyard Shift”.

Last night, I re-read a story that I wrote back in March of this year, a short-short called “Blind Date”. It wrote it in a hotel in one sitting (it’s only abotu 1,800 words). I didn’t think too much of it at the time and never sent it out anywhere, but when I re-read it last night, I decided that it was very good, and that it was worth sending out. So I’ll wait and see what happens with “Graveyard Shift” at F&SF and if I get it back, then I’ll send them “Blind Date” next. (Incidentally, the title may be a little misleading, but the story is about first alient contact.)

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.