As a reader, I’m so grateful for Daily Science Fiction. Five mornings a week, I wake up to a brand new story, and more than any other short fiction market out there, it covers the range of speculative fiction. It isn’t limited by subgenre or by tone. Sometimes the stories are traditional, snappy, plot-driven pieces. And sometimes the most lyrical or experimental work I read in a given month turns up at DSF.
As a writer, it’s such a wonderful, supportive market, tough to crack but open to all kinds of stories. Back in 2013, my first acceptance from DSF broke a long dry spell, pulled me out of a rut and gave me confidence. Today my fourth DSF story goes live: “I’m Lonely: Immune to Apraxia, Toronto Doctor Refuses to Give Up on a Cure.”
As the headliney title gives away, this is an imagined news story. The format came easily to me given my day job, and it was lots of fun to write. I’m one of those introverts who finds too much in-person interaction almost physically painful. It’s like sun on a beach: I really like it for a little while but then I start to burn. Online or text-based interaction doesn’t have the same effect. I wanted to explore that distinction, although the story is about an extrovert trying to navigate a text-based world.