All in all, it was a pretty damned good year. I appear to have broken the cycle of only even-numbered years being good in terms of seeing my work in print (for definitions of print that include pixelated goodness). There was also an overall positive trend in the ongoing war of rejection vs. acceptance. I submitted less this year, which makes me feel like a huge slacker, but I did “complete” two novels, so that’s something. Self-pimping follows; if you’d prefer to skip ahead to the end, I won’t judge you.
Stuff I Had Published in 2011 That I’m Pretty Damned Proud Of:
The Poet’s Child in Jabberwocky
The Thief of Precious Things in Bewere the Night
Final Girl Theory in ChiZine (It’s no longer available online, but it will be coming back in audio format. See below.)
The Trans-Siberian in In an Iron Cage: The Magic of Steampunk
Still Life in Daily Science Fiction
The Many Ghosts of Annie Orens in Shock Totem
Venice Burning in Future Lovecraft
Trashman in Shimmer #14
Okay, I’m done bragging now. You can come back. Really. Please come back?
I lied. I’m not really done bragging, but most of the credit is due to other people for this next part. 2011 saw the launch of The Journal of Unlikely Entomology. I’m so incredibly proud to be part of this publication. In our inaugural year, we published some wonderful fiction and some stunning art, and overall, folks appear to be reacting positively to the ‘zine. I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings!
Writing-related things for 2011 also included attending my first con as a participant, and even moderating my first panel. I feel like such a grown-up. A not-directly-related-to-writing highlight was a trip Italy. (It did result in a story, Venice Burning, so I feel justified sneaking it into this post.) I am desperately in love with Venice now, and I very much want to go back. There are a few cities that each own a piece of my soul and Venice is now one of them.
Looking forward to 2012, there are some things coming up that I’m already excited about. The Journal of Unlikely Entomology will publish its first mini-issue, themed around Valentine’s Day. A second mini-issue is scheduled for August 2012 around the theme ‘Hello, World’, and, of course, there will be two regular issues coming out as well.
On the personal front, there will be more travel. On the writing front, there will hopefully be more conventions, and hopefully more publications, too. There are already a few lined up: Final Girl Theory will be podcast at Pseudopod; Still Life will be podcast at Beam Me Up Podcast; My Body, Her Canvas will appear in Apex, and The Book of Little Deaths will appear in Jabberwocky.
And there will be books to read, oh so many books. So, yeah, I’m looking forward to 2012.
I hope your year was as successful (please feel free to self-pimp in the comments), and here’s wishing all of you the best of all things in the New Year!