“But I just meant to ask… This story you wrote last year and gave me to read, did you eventually get it published? Well, I was just wondering…”
Ouch. Just because you were wondering, no, I didn’t get it published, as in “did you remember to get the laundry washed?”. Must have slipped from my to-do list. People who don’t have a clue about publishing get on my nerves. Sigh. Any better answer around here than “None of your [fill in the blank] business”?