Found out yesterday that Espresso Fiction is going to publish my short story, "Pine Coffin, Folded Flag", on January 23.
This has been a long, long journey for this piece. I really care about it, I've always liked it, I stuck with it and I've finally found a home for it.
The story of a tortured Vietnam War draft dodger started life back in 2000 as "Have Spade, Will Travel", became "The Gravedigger's Apprentice" before finally becoming "Pine Coffin, Folded Flag".
Along with the title, the text has gradually been polished over the years, and the end changed slightly.
It was shortlisted for a short story competition (I think the Alan Marshall one), attracted a 'nice' rejection note from Meanjin, made the short-list with Gambara, and now will finally be published.
So if you really care about a story, never give up on it!