In 2013, I was approached by Ceder Cave Book to participate in the first (and, unfortunately last) anthology entitled Word Play. Though the idea was sound, several things happened to cause the first issue of the anthology to be the last.
It could have been health issues for the publishers or how getting a novel noticed in Canada is extremely difficult; none can say. But the idea of a purely Canadian offering of short stories is a good idea, and hopefully, will be resurrected in the future.
My offering to the anthology, Lonely, a science fiction short coming in at just over 3400 words.
The story centres around how lonely space travel can be if all you have to talk to is an AI.
Set in the far future, Lonely surprised the editor and publisher, especially when they realized the first draft was written the day they asked me to participate in the anthology.