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Woman’s Best Friend: What we know so far

The Bad

There are a number of missing words…11 or so. It’ll be nice to get these corrected before the story is submitted for publication.

I used the wrong version of “emergency” (oops).

Some transitions have gotten mixed reviews.

The Good

I made a few corrections prior to sending it out — the things I corrected have not been named as concerns, so this makes me think 1. the corrections worked and 2. they weren’t obvious (or jarring).

The best thing I’ve heard so far is that this story kept people guessing. In truth, I was afraid it would be too predictable, given the title.

Still Wondering

Hopefully (nobody has stated this explicitly), this means the story was also suspenseful.

My #1 goal writing WBF was, “Write something suspenseful.” I hope that it was also a little scary.

I haven’t decided where to submit it yet. It clearly isn’t right for Analog or Asimov’s, my first two submissions went to Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. The Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy is always requesting more sci-fi…this might fit that request but I doubt it. I could try and outright horror magazine, but my fear would be that this story isn’t scary enough for an outright ‘horror’ audience.

It’s done.

golden-retrieverIn its first draft, Woman’s Best Friend is done at over 6,800 words.

The last few scenes were more complex than I had anticipated, and once I got there I wanted to do them justice.

I don’t want to say too much about it for fear of giving anything away, but I can honestly say that never before have I felt so emotionally and psychologically drained after finishing a story.

I hope it was worth it, because now I’m exhausted. I’m sure it still bears significant polishing, but the hard part’s over.

I’ve added a brief note about this story on the Short Stories page.