Okay, so it’s a little early for Halloween. (And a little late for Summerween.) But you’re reading a post by a guy who gets the Christmas itch sometime around Lughnasadh, so let’s not worry too much about temporally displaced holidays.
The reason I’m wishing you all a happy Halloween is because I recently wrote a story about the holiday, and–in a rare fit of competence–also managed to sell it. “The Fantastic Tale of Miss Arney’s Doubloon” will appear in the 2017 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide, coming soon to a Kickstarter near you.
Evan Dicken (a contributor to the 2016 YEAG) was the one who pointed out the anthology’s submission call to me, and he deserves credit for this sale: his critique vastly improved my story.
If you’re wondering what the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide is, it’s a book of short science fiction stories aimed at 9-12-year-olds. If you’re wondering what it looks like, this should give you a pretty good idea.
I’m not sure the book will be out in time for Halloween 2016, but don’t worry: you can read my story at any time of year. After all, calendars are just guidelines, not regulations.