"Autonomic Zen and the Art of Destruction" is included in the latest issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly , and it was my Write1Sub1 for week #24 last year. A warped take on Wall-E, it survived a total of six rejections before finding a good home. It starts out like this:
Unit X11-76 entered the universe as more than a null set but far less than an infinite number of possibilities. It became aware of itself and its surroundings only after crash-landing through an atmosphere of xenon and nitrogen into a crater of its own creation—its first but not last contribution, indistinguishable from any other on the moon's surface.
"Like a Good Neighbor" is in the latest issue of Title Goes Here:and survived fourteen rejections over three years before it saw the light of day. Here's how it begins:
I know I have a habit of quoting Galaxy Quest ("Never give up. Never surrender!"), but whenever my stories make it through rejection after rejection to eventual publication, I can't help but feel awash with relief—and maybe a little vindicated. I believe in every one of my tales, and I know they'll all be accepted for publication in time.
In other news, I recently joined Goodreads and set up my author profile, so if you're a Goodreader and we're not already connected over there, I'd be honored to make your acquaintance!