So it was my idea to write about our inspirations. Blame me for what follows.
TIMEJACKED: THE RAND PARADOX started when someone on Facebook posted the question "If you could fight any historical figure, living or dead, who would it be?" Well, someone answered 'Ayn Rand', and I immediately pictured her in a kung fu pose. That's where it all began.
Halfway through writing, I realized I needed more info on the subject of my story. I read Nathaniel Branden's autobiography about his years with Rand and got quite a lot of insight into her and her philosophy. This was a 300+ page non-fiction book. I read it solely for this short story. I had no real job at the time, so there you go.
So, I wrote the first draft and kicked it around to some writers groups (LitReactor, for one—a fine place to get your skin toughened up for critiques, and PhilCon—a Philadelphia Science Fiction convention, featuring a writers workshop, where I got some more suggestions how to improve it). Once I got the story into a good place, I sent it off to a few sci-fi magazines, but nobody wanted it. I kept adding refinements here and there, but it sat, unloved, much like Ayn Rand in her later years, in my files.
Fast-forward one year, and Sayles and Panowich decide to keep going with their Zelmer Pulp thing (I had designed the first cover). They suggested a sci-fi issue for Volume 2. Ding! Since I was already slated to do the cover, do you think they'd say no, it's crap? Well, they did, but they needed some shlub to paint a cover who was willing to work for homoerotic sexting.
Ryan, why don't you text me any more?
Based on the technobabble science I created for this story, I have another Timejack story on the backburner where a guy goes back to World War 1, over tweaks his enhancements, and causes a cascade of nanodiseases to break out from the trenches. Coming soon. Or maybe not. I have to convince them I have another cover in me.