Today marks the 14th anniversary of my first short story publication, when Jayme Lynn Blaschke published "Silvern" in Revolution S-F on June 17, 2003.
I attended my first s-f con, ConDFW, the previous February. I met Jayme there. I had just started in write spec fic and asked him if I could submit. He said "sure". I whipped up "Silvern" and emailed it to him.
This was his introduction:
"New writer Lou Antonelli isn't really a new writer at all. A longtime newspaper editor and reporter with multiple awards from Texas Press Association in editorial, column, and feature writing, Antonelli has recently turned his hand to science fiction with impressive results, as evidenced by the following story."
It is still archived at the Revolution SF site. You can it there.