2014 In Review

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.


About R. Garrett Wilson

I am a member of the Stanislaus World Builders writing group and have participated in the FSFW writing group. I have written one drama that was based on the book of Mark and performed at my church in 2007. My story, Journeyer, is published in Analog Magazine and a novelette, The Bakrra Encounter, in the FSFW 2010 anthology, I Dreamed a Crooked Dream. I also took part in the community novel project, Stanislaus Reads and Writes, and have a chapter in their novel, Ashes in a Teardrop. Beyond writing, I enjoy road trips, photography, woodworking, watching tennis and cycling, and reading.
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