[personal|writing] My 2010 Year in Review

2010 has been a very difficult year for me, but it’s also been a very accomplished year. The ironies of this are not lost upon me. And frankly, the leading indicators for 2011 are not much improved. We shall see.


Pinion from Tor Books
The Specific Gravity of Grief from Fairwood Press
The Baby Killers from PS Publishing
The Sky That Wraps from Subterranean Press

Short Fiction

In short fiction, I had about twenty-five appearances, one jointly authored with Ken Scholes, several more with Shannon Page.

Other Activities

I was nominated for an Airship Award for the Mainspring cycle, sold French and German rights to various of my books, and edited METAtropolis: Cascadia, Audible.com’s followup to the highly successful METAtropolis audiobook.

I attended Rainforest Writers’ Village, Cascade Writers, New Zealand’s National Convention, Worldcon in Australia, Orycon and Steamcon.

Submissions and Sales

43 new fiction submissions in total
    22 sales, several with Shannon Page
    12 rejections

19 reprint submissions in total
    11 reprint sales
    18 reprint rejections

Writing Statistics

226,200 words of first draft (Kalimpura, twelve short stories, outlines to Kalimpura and Sunspin, several nonfiction items)

Revisions to Endurance

Approximately 1,000 blog posts

Personal Life

All of this while recovering from lung surgery, undergoing six months of chemotherapy, experiencing and recovering from liver surgery, holding down a full-time job, parenting, and spending the last three months of the year watching my primary relationship erode and vanish. So while the writing held up remarkably well (I accomplished more in 2010 than in 2009), the rest of the year sucked rocks and is totally fired.

Also, don’t ever talk to me about not finding the time to write.

5 thoughts on “[personal|writing] My 2010 Year in Review

  1. Won’t bore you with my own litany — I’ve had no sales and more rejections and lots of bad things, too. But here’s hoping 2011 turns it all around for both of us. Look forward to seeing you at Cascade Writers.

  2. John Stevens says:

    You are a complete inspiration for discipline and productivity. I am in awe!

  3. David Ivory says:

    I so totally grok that “not finding time to write” comment… it is the easiest thing to say think and do… and yet when the writing compels it I’ve found the time with ease.

    All the best for the coming year… I’m looking forward to your opus and the tales of trials in birthing it.

  4. Cora says:

    All the best wishes for a more fortunate 2011.

    As for the “finding time to write thing”, yes, this.

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