Hammer of Had Smiting, +5

I had a real problem here. Some really passive prose featuring my apparent favorite word, *had*. I use it alot. I don’t know why, it just crops up in there all the time. Today and yesterday’s editing jobs had me knocking out the word had all over the place. But hey, I know what I had better look for in the future, so spotting it will be easy. Right? Like my buddy Duke always says, “Knowing is half the battle!” I wish I knew what the other half was.

Submission #2

Two stories out in two days. That is good in my book. This one is off to Asimov’s. I feel good about it. My application is strong this year.