Proofs and a Possible Title Change

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.

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About D. Thomas Minton

Writer of speculative fiction
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