Once upon a time, I read the first three stories in Naomi Novik's Temeraire series. And those, quite fine, books inspired me to write this blog post.
I didn't write the novel described in that post. Instead I wrote a 2500 word short story, and I recently sold that story to the newly-established online magazine Redstone Science Fiction. This is not really the story I would have expected to be my second sale at pro-type rates. But I'll take it. Finally, my endless consumption of military science-fiction has paid some dividends.