I’m pleased that my 2nd round story for the NYC Short Story Challenge 2016, “The Art of the Bargain,” received an honorable mention. Only four stories advanced to round three from each heat, and I was number 5. I’m still proud to have made it that far. I’ll certainly participate in this contest again. It was a lot of fun, and I’ve come away feeling good about my writing. I’ll share the story eventually. . . For now I want to implement some of the excellent suggestions the judges made to improve it.