First, I got my contributor's copies of Black Gate #14, the issue in which my long-awaited story "The Price of Two Blades" appears. This is a huuuuuuge honkin' issue; buy it, and you'll get your money's worth. The story looks good, and Malcolm McClinton's
Second, I did a little vanity Google over lunch today, to see if anybody has reviewed this thing yet and maybe had something to say about my contribution. And....
Yes, they have.
Grasping for the Wind's John Ottinger III says:
Pete Butler’s novella “The Price of Two Blades” is spectacular. [...] Butler’s clever build of suspense and mystery, use of religious magic that costs a price, and multiple viewpoint telling of the story keep the reader glued to the action as it unfolds. This is undoubtedly one of the best stories of this issue, perhaps one of the best Black Gate has yet published. I’d like to see a lot more from Pete Butler’s pen.Read the whole thing. It's egotastically delicious.
It is, of course, just one review, and future reviewers may not be so kind. So it goes.
But today ... this day may be considered "made."
And that thing where I've been meaning to buckle-down and get back to writing ... perhaps that should happen sooner rather than later.