I know this is a little late, but it was a good year in many ways.
- My story, “Journeyer,” was published in the July-August double-issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. This is, in fact, the only story I have put out on submission, and it was picked up very quickly.
- I took part in the Stanislaus Community Novel project, and authored Chapter 4 of Ashes in a Teardrop.
- Because of the Stanislaus Community Novel project, I meet Doug C. Souza (who was published in Asimov’s within a month of my Analog story), and we started a writing group. He introduced me to a handful of great Science Fiction and Fantasy writers in the area.
- I submitted flash fiction for two contests, which it had been a while since I had done that. While I didn’t win one, the other has, at the time of this post, yet to decide on its winners.
- I either finished or am in the editing phase for seven short stories – I’m using that term loosely because one is ultra flash fiction and one is a novella and I have everything in-between – and started researching magazine markets for them. The ultra flash fiction is the contest piece still out.
I cannot tell you how much I appreciate Trevor Quachri and the whole staff of Analog Science Fiction and Fact for accepting my story and working with me. It was a visit to Astounding Science Fiction (a previous name from Analog SF&F) that inspired Isaac Asimov. Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Orson Scott Card, and Steven Gould all began their careers with stories in Analog SF&F. And now my first professionally published work is with Analog SF&F. I hope there will be more, much more.
My goals for this year are simple:
- Join SFWA
- Get at least five of my stories out on submission in the first half of the year.
- Enter another writing contest
- Make substantial progress on drafting a novel
- Start working on a script
So I had a good year last year and it is looking like this year has potential.