In other news, the boss is reading Casualties. Jennie's my first reader, and she doesn't pull any punches when it comes to criticism. Hopefully, she'll enjoy it.
That means I can focus a little more now. The short story I'm working on that ended up growing too large for short story-ness is still growing. I'll continue to feed it the souls of small children, and we'll see where that goes, too.
Speaking of short stories, I had a few in the hopper over at Wicked East Press, but due to a variety of issues, they, too, are now free to be sent elsewhere. Wicked East, apparently, is no more. The "Works" page is goingto be updated shortly.
I know the life of a small press can be difficult, which is why so many come and go every year. I know, too, that many of them are run by well-meaning people who love the work and the craft, but don't have the knowhow to keep such a business afloat. If, as a reader, you find something in small press that's worth crowing about, do it! You've got the whole internet at your disposal. Give reviews--good or bad--on the things you read, because when it all comes down to the nickels and dimes, word-of-mouth is a huge benefit for creators of all kinds.
Support good small press. They could grow up to be large press. And if not, they're still the incubators for tomorrow's great writers.