Writerly Progress Report for the Year’s End

Here is what I’ve done this year.

Since Jan 1st I’ve submitted 92 stories, a huge increase from previous years.


1. “Europa Spring,” to Cosmos Online. My first ever fiction sale! Yay!
2. “In Place of Darkness,” to Strange Bedfellows: Anthology of Political Science Fiction (Bundoran Press). My first pro sale! And my first print sale.

Completed seven stories, including my longest yet at 16,000 words.
Gained my third Honorable Mention from the Writers of the Future Contest, the first with new judge, David Farland (He has, alas, proved to be much less forgiving of my wobbly new-writer fiction than the late KD Wentworth who even gave me a semi-finalist).
Garnered my first encouraging “send more” type rejection from Analog.
Garnered my second encouraging “send more” type rejection from Asimov’s.

Oh, and Gator insists I add that the Honorable Mention was for a humorous Gator story, of which two have been written this year. I shall be writing no more unless or until I get some indication that anyone likes them. Likewise for all my other humorous stories, which have probably made up at least half of this year’s submissions and which have been almost universally despised by the markets. Lesson learned!


Write more stories, at least 12 so that I can send one to Asimov’s every month. That’s the plan anyhow. Wish me luck!

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