I first met Patrick Swenson, the editor of Talebones, when I was at Clarion West. He himself is a graduate from another year. Over the years he's given me a lot of supportive rejection letters, which I'm always grateful for. Editors rarely have the time to jot personal notes, but he nearly always does to me, and this last time was no exception.
hismarket is truly wonderful. Patrick's got a good eye for quirky stories that get overlooked by the other mags, and among my writer friends, Talebones is known as a place to send the stories you love but just cannot sell.