This story was accepted for publication more than three years ago. Publisher Alternating Currents hit many bumps in the road while getting its “Footnote 4” anthology of historical writing out, but here it finally is and I am most pleased. “The Wreck of the Annabelle Lee” won a prize in Moonlight Mesa’s western fiction contest a decade ago and I used it subsequently in Chalone Peaks Middle School’s reading fluency program. I never dreamed it would take this long to see print. It continues Joaquin Murrieta’s adventures in a most civilized setting: San Francisco of the late 19th Century. I had a great deal of fun researching and writing the tale. I hope you’ll enjoy it, too! Here’s a link where you may purchase “Footnote 4”.
I wrote “Our Lady of the Harbor” several years ago. I’m pretty sure I can’t write any better than I did while creating this story, but it went through twenty rejections before finding a home. I thank editor Glenn Lyvers for choosing to include it in Dual Coast, Issue # 7. Here – at long last! – is the link: https://dualcoastmagazine.com/our-lady-of-the-harbor-by-ro…/
I’ve learned to stick with a story through years and years of rewrites. “Train” is a perfect example. I’ve torn it up and tinkered with it for twenty years and now it has a home. The folks at Mysteriacal-E were amused by my genre-stretching, noir meets Sf story. I hope it will amuse you, too!