Stupid dysfunctional circadian rhythms.
Mailed off the signed contracts to Realms. Apparently, they pay "on acceptance" rather than "on publication," which is totally sweet. I can expect a nice, fat check from them in the next couple months. That goes a long way to making up for their oftentimes lengthy response times, at least in my book. The contracts seemed to imply that both "The Storyteller's Wife" and "Returning My Sister's Face" would be in the Feb. 2005 issue. *blink* I wonder if that's a typo. "Storyteller's Wife" is a novelette and "Sister's Face," while still comfortably in "short story" range, isn't exactly short clocking in at 6.3K.
Regardless, I'm thrilled that I'll be between their covers so soon. Soon, of course, being defined relatively in this biz.