I finally seem to have made enough progress processing my father's death that I'm able to write again. Obviously the real world events of 2020 didn't help to move things along. While terrible things are still going on, it seems that on a personal level I've been able to turn the page.
Over the summer, I was inspired by a status update I saw on Goodreads to write this short story. The
idea rattled around my brain, but I wasn't able to write it up until the week after Christmas. It's
titled "Staking Sunflowers". It's 2,100 words long and has sci-fi and horror elements in it.
My wife and kids read it and gave their approval. A reading group on Goodreads has given it positive
reviews, too. After a few edits, including tacking on a darker ending, I've started reviewing markets
that it might work for. First submission and rejection happened yesterday, so I must keep looking.
In the meantime, now that it's out of my head, I can get back to working on Gateway.