At the heart of the maze i will find

I finished a rewrite of Clocks over the weekend. The result were many corrected misuages of the noble apostrophe and a new title ‘At the heart of the maze i will find’, the lower case i being a deliberate feature to fox autocorrect software. I’m starting to reach a pattern with titles, where the usualy monosylabic working title is replaced with the proper title late in the creative process.

A reason for completing ATHOTMiWF (not the most useful of acronyms I grant you) has been to include it as part of my application for the Stegner Fellowship. I sent the application a few hours ago. At odds of 140 to 1 I will now forget all about it until sllghtly before 1st April.

And the story has also made a late entrance into the Clarkesworld queue before their Xmas hiatus on 1st December. It started at 32nd, and by the end of the day had made it to 15th. At that rate I expect my rejection by midday tommorow.


Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.


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