A Christmas Tale
In 1997 I sold my first short story to a literary magazine out of Los Angeles called Lynx Eye. At the time I had been writing consistently for several years, diligently submitting my stories to one magazine after another, and filling a rather sizable manila folder with rejections letters. I owe a great debt of gratitude to editors Pam McCully and Kathryn Morrison for not only publishing the story, but for calling me up to tell me how much they loved it. That small bit of encouragement meant a great deal and gave me the confidence I needed to keep writing.
Skal the Undaunted
This story was written for a fan fiction contest hosted by John Scalzi, Wil Wheaton and Subterranean Press. Contestants were asked to write a 400 to 2,000 word story describing a picture. The picture was of Wil Wheaton mounted on the back of a winged kitten with a spear in his hand, descending on an orc version of John Scalzi. To see the original image, go to: whatever.scalzi.com/2010/05/30/fanfic-contest/