Last week I received the proofs for my story “Dreams in Dust” from John Joseph Adams, editor of Lightspeed Magazine. They looked good, with only a few minor edits.
Mr. Adams asked if I would consider a title change for the story, which is perfectly fine with me. I’ve never cared for the current title, and I settled on it only by default when I still had no title and was ready to submit it (the story originally had the ungainly title “Water Dreaming in the Sea of Dust”). Mr. Adams made a few suggestions, and I’ve been wracking my brain for several days. On Friday, I pitched it out to my writing group, Hopefull Monsters. They had some good ideas, but none of them seemed quite right, so I locked myself in a room today and did some brainstorming, finally coming up with “Dust, Devils, and the Mechanist’s Dream.” I’m not sure yet how I feel about it yet, but I think it’s better than what I had. We’ll see how I feel about it tomorrow.
My story, with whatever title I eventually settle on, will appear in the December issue of Lightspeed.