Sale! “American Changeling” to Daily Science Fiction

During my lunch break from recording today, I checked email and had an acceptance from Daily Science Fiction for my story “American Changeling.”  I’ll tell you, a short story sale makes lunch seem a whole lot tastier.

There are two things about this sale that make me giggle. 1) I’m in the middle of recording a Seanan McGuire novel about a changeling. Totally different style of changeling, but it’s still funny. 2) This is not a science fiction story.

I’ll let you know when the story is out, but here’s a teaser.

American Changeling

Half-consciously, Kim put a hand up to cover her new nose ring. It pissed her parents off no end that she could tolerate touching cold iron and they couldn’t.

Iron still made her break out sometimes, but didn’t burn her. It had taken forever to find someone to make an iron nose ring, but the effort would be totally worth it.

“Kimberly Anne Smith,” Mom’s voice caught her in the foyer as surely as if she’d been called by her true name. “I’ve been worried sick. Do you know what time it is?”

“11:49.” Kim dropped her hand and turned to face Mom, her Doc Martens making a satisfactory clomping on the hardwood floor. “I’m here. Home before midnight. No one with me.” Sometimes she thought about bringing friends home to show them what her parents really looked like after their glamour dropped.

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12 Responses

  1. Mishell Baker

    Fantastic.

    Uh, well, literally of course, but also in the sense of “awesome.” Which I mean in the sense of, “way cool.” I just plain love the way you write.

  2. Steve Lewis

    Congrats, Mary. Can’t wait to read the new story. Plus, this site looks like a very cool market; I subscribed after checking them out. Don’t know how I missed them but I’ll be sending them a few of my short stories here pretty soon. So double thanks 🙂

  3. Kaylin

    Congradulations, Mary! I second Mishell Baker. I just plain love the way you right. I can’t wait till this one comes out!

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