You may recall that "Heading Home" made it to the semi-finals in the 2010 Galbraith Award. Actually it was an abbreviated version of the original, which is what will be getting published. I'm quite happy about that. The one major change between the two versions is the curtailed ending that I sent to the Galbraith. I always preferred the original ending, but the word restrictions for the competition didn't allow it. Now it'll finally have its day in the sun.
As accolades go, I find it difficult to imagine them getting any better than what this editor sent, especially the part about reading it a second time for fun. When you consider that he spends most of his free time reading other people's work, with, I'm sure, varying amounts of enthusiasm, that comment really struck home. That he would go to the trouble of mentioning it is quite humbling.