Today, a tale of two stories that had to wait for just the right time to publish.
One, published this week as a NASA Goddard news feature, describes what the MAVEN spacecraft might have seen during a Halloween solar flare. I wrote the story back in August, just after another large flare. I pocketed the story, waiting for the sun to cooperate and let loose another. That chance came on Halloween.
The second story came from my last few days as an intern at Stanford back in March. I got wind of an upcoming paper on a new MRI technique and wrote up the story, although at the time neither the lead author nor I knew when the paper would publish. So we waited. And waited. And waited. I pinged him every few weeks for an update. Finally, the paper was scheduled for publication in Nature Medicine and the Stanford news story ran, eight months after I first wrote it.
Better late than never.