In January, we were choosing stories for the Valentine's Day mini-issue. We'd planned on three stories, and had five contenders for those places. This is the first time since we'd started the zine that we hadn't independently come up with the same list. Two we agreed on, and we bickered over which would be the third. In the end this particular story got cut.
We sent the rejection letter on January 9th.
The author, Reesa Brown, died on January 12th, after a long fight with cancer.
I just found out today.
And all I can think is, I hope she never saw our email.