As March creeps towards April, I thought I might as well post a quick update regarding Scheherazade’s Facade. I’m still reading stories as I find the time, energy, and frame of mind. (You wouldn’t want me to read in a bad mood, right? Thought so.)
At this point, if you submitted and haven’t heard, it means one of three things:
1)I haven’t read your story yet, and thus have yet to take any action. For the most part, this concerns stories submitted in February, with a scattering of earlier ones. Because I don’t always read things in a linear order. That would be predictable and easy.
2)I have read your story, and am keeping it for a second or third read, since I didn’t spontaneously combust upon gazing at your words. I appreciate this; spontaneous combustion’s a lot more fun to watch than it is to do.
3)You sent it to some other email address, it accidentally got routed to a parallel timeline, and you were accepted by my goatee-wearing evil duplicate. See him for your contract.
I anticipate having everything read in the next week, and then the fun of weeding it down to fit my word count begins. For those I liked but can’t use, it’ll be like breaking up a dozen times over. I apologize in advance, it’s not you, it’s me. We can still be friends. I want my Cats Laughing T-shirt back. Drunken phone calls at 3 am will not be tolerated.
I will say that I’ve learned a few interesting lessons about being an editor, some of which I will share with you at a later date. At which point those who have gone before will nod smugly, and those who haven’t will nod blankly.
That is all.