2020 AKA “The Great Pause” is almost over. Time for me to look back at what I’ve accomplished for the year. While I am a full time writer and editor…and I work mostly at home, I did suffer the ennui of being required to stay at home for most of the year. Which I have done since I got back from Rainforest 2020 in early March. I miss seeing friends, going to coffee shops, having my writing group over, gaming in person, and attending conventions.
I hope to be able to do that again sometime in 2021.
Short Story Submissions: 14
- Acceptances: 6
- Rejections: 6
- Pending: 2
I’ll accept a 50% acceptance rate. That’s not bad.
New Words Written: 125,130
- Short: 18,580
- Long: 118,300
Two novellas and a novel. Again, not bad for the year.
Published Projects: 9
- 1 novel: Rogue Academy Two: Ghost Hour (BattleTech)
- 1 novella: A Kiss to Die For (Shadowrun)
- 1 anthology: Last Cities of Earth
- 3 short stories: “Rising to the Occasion” (Valdemar), “The Librarian's Handbook” (Mythos), and “When a Patch Won’t Do” (SF-military)
- 2 audiobooks: Makeda Red and DocWagon 19 (Shadowrun)
- 1 Podcast: Voice Talent on the Paper Flower Consortium podcast (Lady Agata).
I’m gonna count this as a win. I was productive despite 2020 and missing my father.
- Finalist for the Bram Stoker award for Superior Achievement in an anthology and finalist for Best Anthology – both for A Secret Guide to Fighting Elder Gods.
- Finalist for the Scribe award for Best YA Tie-in for Rogue Academy One: Iron Dawn.
I’ve already lost 2 of the 3 awards, but it really is an honor to be nominated for both editing and writing. Especially the BFA. It’s the first time for that award.
Next year is going to be a lot more editing heavy. I’ve already got two anthologies in the works as well as a novel and two novellas to edit on the docket. We will see how things go.