I Will Never Fly Again

Today, at Dreamforge Anvil, you can read my new story, “I Will Never Fly Again,” for free.

You may want to poke around the magazine there more than just reading my story, though. The magazine has two really neat focuses:

  • They focus on hopeful stories. Not saccharine stories where nothing goes wrong, but featuring protagonists who struggle and still find hope. That’s very different from a lot of speculative fiction published these days!
  • They want to help writers grow, so they also publish earlier drafts of stories so you can see the evolution of the craft.

So yes, check them out. You may notice my story doesn’t have an earlier draft. That’s because they accepted what I submitted as-is. Before I send any stories out, they go through a number of revisions. This time around, the story hit the editor just right!

But if you look at the sidebar in my story, you may notice that in an earlier draft, the second-to-last scene didn’t exist. If you’d like to see growth in this story, try reading it, imagining that scene missing. It was absolutely necessary for the protagonist to make the jump from hopeless to maybe, just maybe, having something worthwhile in his life.

Anyway, go check out the magazine, read the story, enjoy!