Story Sale! "The Sturdy Bookcases of Pawel Oliszewski," to Intergalactic Medicine Show!

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 7.236% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

Once a year, I live-write stories to raise funds for the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop.  Most of those stories are like most of my stories in that I write a rough draft, decide the effort of revising them would be too much effort, and put them in a drawer forever.  (This is not wasted effort; I’ve learned valuable lessons writing those stories.)  But in this case, I not only wrote the story, but wrote all four drafts of it live, before an audience.
The end result is a rather quirky tale about a man who did some rather strange woodworking: “The Sturdy Bookcases of Pawel Oliszewski.”  People who’ve joined the Clarion Echo have occasionally asked me, “So did that one ever get published?  I liked that.”  And so I’m pleased to report that Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show has purchased noble Pawel’s tale, for publication later this month.  This is a pro market I’ve wanted to crack for quite some time, and so I’m particularly thrilled to add it to my roster.
(Fun fact: I sold another story in the same week to another pro market I’ve wanted to crack for some time – but I don’t announce sales before I get the contract, and this one will be sometime in May.  Also, in that case, the story I sold is so hideously dark and scarring I’m actually wondering if they’re not going to yank acceptance of it before publication, because it’s literally the most upsetting thing I’ve ever written.  But that was a pretty good week, I gotta tell ya.)
I’d give you the inevitable sample of my story, but it’s probably going to be live in the next two weeks, so why bother you twice?  Though given the story’s topic, it would be appropriate…

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