If you are interested in process, I have a short SF story that I could use some beta readers on.
The story is only 2800 words BUT the turnaround is fairly tight and I would need responses today. I’m writing on the planes, so in order to get this turned in, I have to dive into revisions tomorrow. Whee!
Remind me not to book my schedule this tightly again?
Water Over the Dam
by Mary Robinette Kowal
The late afternoon sun cut across the boardroom table and Aniyah’s tablet took advantage of the solar to boost the contrast. She stared at the numbers on the projection, took a slow careful breath before she spoke again and tried hard not to actually shout at Lennox Hillam. “But computer modeling supports my projections about the efficiency of microturbines.”
He paid more attention to his cell phone than her, flicking something off the screen with a meaty thumb. The artificial tanned orange of his skin crinkled as he squinted at the phone. “I would need to see evidence that your microturbines can provide enough power to merit decommissioning the Klamath river dams.”
What had she been talking about for the last half hour? Aniyah swallowed the bile and set her smile to charming. “At the moment, all I’m asking for is an opportunity to address the board.” Which was actually what she thought this meeting was supposed to be. She’d straightened her goddamned hair for this so she’d look more “professional,” and instead of talking to the board, she’d spent time explaining power coefficients to this entitled white man, who seemed to be playing Candy Crush on his phone.
Just drop a note in the comments below if you are willing to read and I’ll send you the password and the link. Thank you.
Edited to add: Thank you all, so much. I’m set on readers right now.