Take The Plunge is off on its tour of SF markets, so we’ll see where that gets to. I think it has a better chance than The One That Got Away as it’s a more conventional style.
I just looked back in my logs and it looks like I finished the first draft of this story in November ’96, then Gregory Benford critiqued it a few months later and… then I sat it on it for fifteen years. It’s about time I did something useful with it :).
On the plus side, the current version is vastly superior to the draft that I had back then.