The Dragon Weeps is one of the first short stories I ever cobbled together when I started taking this writing thing seriously. Looking back now, it seems so long ago. When I think back to those fabled days of yore (aka 2012), I think, "Man . . . a baby wrote that." I'm such a different writer now. My entire process has changed, from the way I approach ideas, to the way I shape the stories themselves. What a difference two years makes.
But The Dragon Weeps has a special place in my heart. It was my first real attempt at fantasy, and it ended up spawning an entire world that I still like to play in from time to time. And it was the story that made me fall in love with writing short fiction.
That's why I'm proud that The Dragon Weeps has found a new home. You can read it for free today in the current issue of Sorcerous Signals, along with stories by Laura J. Underwood, Margaret L. Carter, and many more. If you'd rather read from the page than the screen, you can also purchase the current issue of Mystic Signals. In fact, because you're all awesome (and because Wolfsinger Publications is awesome), you can use this code for a 25% discount on the issue: 9HW5GHYR. Tell 'em J.W. Alden sent ya.
This is the third time The Dragon Weeps has been published. I was planning to retire it after this one, but then Deborah Walker challenged me to sell it three more times. Well, I've never been one to back down from a challenge.