While I was helping out my Mom in NYC I didn't really get much writing done. And since returning, I've had to put the novel project on the back burner to do some rewrites.
I am pleased to note that today I mailed a revised copy of "TelePresence" to Analog, taking into account a list of changes that the editor requested. If all goes well, it will appear in the July/August 2005 issue of Analog, celebrating the ten years I've published in that magazine.
I am also pleased to note that along with that I mailed some replacement pages for a story of mine called "Sanctuary." This is is a story that I have literally been working on for years. I got the idea for the story back in 2001. The earliest finished first draft in my files dates from July 2002, and the current version is completely different from that one.
The second version I submitted to Analog I did back in July 2003. In September 2003, the editor came back to me with a list of suggested changes and cuts, and because I was so busy with my job and with writing other stories, I never had a chance to revise it until this past summer.
I submitted the third version to Analog on August 11, 2004, almost a year after I received the editor's list of changes. Last week I received the note saying that this third version seemed fine, except for a few minor points that might necessitate a few replacement pages. I made those changes this morning, and feel confident enough to say that the story is done.