Lost Story Found

Posted: April 5th, 2024 under Collections, Contents, Good News, the writing life.
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Just a couple of days ago, while organizing some of the stacks of paper, old notebooks, etc. in one of the rooms, my Organizer in Chief found a print-out of a story I hadn’t been able to find on any current storage unit…since last fall’s demise of the flash drive which had held the backup of the hard drive that self-destructed a year ago.   It was one I had planned to use the next short-fiction collection, and a hard loss, since unlike some stories, it was difficult to write and would be very difficult to *rewrite* in a way that I’d like.  I’d tried.

So Kate’s finding it  was a huge boost to my mood.   It was a photocopy of an earlier version with a lot of editing marks on it (scratch-outs, inserted words, scribbles between lines, etc.)  but it was essentially whole.  We scanned it into the computer, then took the .pdf and converted it (not without some problems…the conversion process did not like my handwritten marks!!) to a .docx version.   I’ve spent quite a few hours trying to make Word behave (!!!! to Microsoft designers of that annoying software!) and retain the instructions (double-space…not single, not multiple, just plain old double-space.  Using the font I want, not the font Word wants.  With no added space between paragraphs, an indented first line ONLY, and no sudden lurches into centered text, right-justified text, etc. etc. etc.)     It’s going to take multiple corrective runs, but at least I’ve got it.

It’s from Old Aare, when the Sandlord’s great drought was just beginning to cause social/economic upheaval and the shift of populations across the continent.  And it *will* be in the new collection and I will be glad of it.   The other “Old Aare” story in that group is the previously published “My Princess” from the DAW anthology Warrior Princesses.   Also in the new collection is “Judgment” from The Dragon Quintet, and the story “Destinies” which is a follow-on to the story “Consequences” in the previous collection Deeds of Youth.  And another one or two, whatever will fit into the word count.


  • Comment by Richard Simpkin — April 6, 2024 @ 1:06 am



  • Comment by yennork — April 6, 2024 @ 3:15 am


    Great news!

  • Comment by Asher — April 6, 2024 @ 9:53 am


    So glad you found it!

  • Comment by AJLR — April 6, 2024 @ 11:45 am


    Great news, I’m so pleased for you (and for me 🙂 ).

  • Comment by Annabel Smyth — April 6, 2024 @ 12:28 pm


    Oh, that is good news! And when do you think the new collection will be out?

  • Comment by Jazzlet — April 6, 2024 @ 4:29 pm


    I am so pleased, yay for Kate!

  • Comment by Linda — April 7, 2024 @ 5:40 pm


    As my memory gets worse I am always glad to find details from my past (in paper files or digital) which provide clues to things accomplished. Nothing as wondrous as a whole story. What great news.

  • Comment by Jonathan Schor — April 8, 2024 @ 4:57 am


    Very good news. Which leads to the question of how to preserve an author’s yet unpublished work if the author becomes incompetent or missing. In the days before computers an author’s work would be in longhand or typewritten. Please note, I am not projecting Ms. Moon’s demise but the loss and finding of this story brings preservation to mind. Perhaps all stories should be printed out as well as preserved on a disk or other memory.

  • Comment by Daniel Glover — April 11, 2024 @ 1:11 pm


    I’ll add my “huzzah” to the list.

    I’ll take another copy of Judgement as well. It was that story that I thought of when thinking of “what could take on the Webspinner” as the Kings series started to unfold and why I wasn’t surprised to see Dragon.

  • Comment by Karin — April 13, 2024 @ 2:24 pm


    So glad you have something. Wrestling with technology is such a frustrating activity. Good luck with it.

  • Comment by Nadine Bowlus — April 14, 2024 @ 1:35 pm



  • Comment by Shannara — April 16, 2024 @ 2:53 pm


    Wait.. there are Old Aare stories? While I wait for Paks to come back, I gotta catch up on those!

  • Comment by Shannara — May 11, 2024 @ 10:21 am


    Ah! No eBook version of the book :/

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