First up was Sam. Before it went to Amazon, I edited it a bit, smoothing over this scene and that, adding a fresh bit here and there. I designed cover art, formatted the story, and with the click of a button or two, it was there. My first Amazon short.
Beware the Butterflies was next on my list. Like Sam, it was edited and cover art designed. But this one was the first of my published stories and I have learned a lot in the intervening years. My writing style has evolved and this story was like a mirror to the past - it needed a thorough going over.
Edits after edits. Critiques by multiple beta readers to the point that I'm sure their eyes were bleeding by the time we agreed it was done.
And now that it is done, my first critter and I realized that this story only bears the briefest of resemblances to the story published back in August of 2009.
The original was mostly told in a rather passive voice, the new has an active perspective.
New characters have been added. Old characters have been further developed and some have been cut altogether.
The old beginning has been axed and the old ending revised, revised again, cut, then added to. And again. And one more time...
It really isn't the same story any more.
And since I want to keep with my original plan of putting only previously published work on Amazon right now, that's what I'm going to do.
So, it'll be a while before Butterflies will be available there. But, with any luck, I will hopefully find a good home for it instead.