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2005-01-01 12:00 AM
Let It Be Resolved
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Now, as I do each year, I'll look back on this past year's resolutions, and see what I accomplished.
To do in 2005 (not counting resolutions above that require ongoing effort):
Now, a look back.
Writingwise: I sold and revised my first novel; finished writing novel Blood Engines; sold "In a Glass Casket", "Hart and Boot", "Bottom Feeding" (my first sale to Asimov's!), and collaboration "Blind Date"; sold poems "Intermittence", "Diminishing", and "Other Altars of the Heart"; wrote and sold poems "Soul Searching" and "Making Monsters"; wrote and sold an erotica story (pseudonymously, many months ago, and no, I won't tell you what or where or under what name); wrote and sold stories "Life in Stone" and "Eros and Thanatos"; wrote "Komodo", "Impossible Dreams", "Dream Engine", "Bluebeard and the White Buffalo", and co-wrote "Gillian Underground" (haven't sold any of them yet); had a story reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy and another in a Mammoth Book anthology; compiled a poetry collection, Other Altars of the Heart, and submitted it; wrote an essay about Dean Koontz for pretty good money; wrote some reviews and lots of obits and news stories for A Certain Magazine. No idea how many words I wrote this year. Didn't keep track at all. Decided keeping track of raw word count was kind of silly, though as you can see, I still obsessively keep track of other things.
Various milestones and notable events, in no particular order: I had my first book signing; quit editing Star*Line; suffered a catastrophic computer crash; published two issues of Flytrap and a holiday chapbook; my ferret died; my preying mantis died; I went to Hidden City; visited North Carolina; joined a writing group; got a haircut, an iPod, and an Xbox; made it onto the Campbell ballot; got shortlisted for a Spectrum award; got third place in both the review and story categories of the Strange Horizons reader survey; helped throw a bachelor party; read poetry at my best friend's wedding; got a film agent; was promoted to associate editor at A Certain Magazine; ate Carolina barbecue for the first time in years; lost our dreadful landlord; got a new good landlord; met many many cool writers; met my agent and editor in person; babysat my nephew; started planning our wedding; went to Boston for the first time; got stories reprinted on Fictionwise.com; visited Santa Cruz (though not often enough); spent many a wonderful evening with my wonderful fiancée, Heather.
I kept (somewhat haphazard) track of the books I read this year, and here they are, again in no particular order. Not sure why I'm listing this, but I find it interesting when other people list the books they've read in a year, so why not? No foul for skipping this if you find it tedious!
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
A Hat Full of Sky and Going Postal by Terry Pratchett (both among his best)
Eastern Standard Tribe by Cory Doctorow
Fitcher's Brides by Gregory Frost
In the Night Room by Peter Straub (brilliant)
Kingdom Come by Alex Ross
many issues of Y: The Last Man, Lucifer, Optic Nerve, Fables, Global Frequency, Tom Strong, and the last issues of Transmetropolitan, by various authors
Lunatics by Bradley Denton (good, but no Blackburn)
Iron Council by China Miéville
Perfect Circle by Sean Stewart (one of my favorites all year)
Song of Susannah and The Dark Tower by Stephen King (uneven climax to a great series)
Glass Soup by Jonathan Carroll
The Fourth Circle by Zoran Živković (great first novel)
Use Once, then Destroy by Conrad Williams
Songs of Leaving by Peter Crowther
The Briar King and The Charnel Prince by Greg Keyes (great series)
The Light Ages by Ian MacLeod
Accelerando by Charles Stross
Midnighters: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
Trash Sex Magic by Jennifer Stevenson
One King, One Soldier by Alex Irvine
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susannah Clarke (beautiful)
Broken Angels by Richard Morgan
Set this House in Order by Matt Ruff (best book I read all year)
Phases of the Moon by Robert Silverberg
The Speed of the Dark by Elizabeth Moon (a triumph of point-of-view)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Murder of Angels by Caitlín R. Kiernan
McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories, edited by Michael Chabon (uneven, but worthwhile)
The Faery Reel, edited by Datlow and Windling (best anthology of the year)
Lies and Ugliness by Brian Hodge
Ghosts of Yesterday by Jack Cady
The Course of the Heart by M. John Harrison (big influence on the Bridge novel I'm about to dive back into)
Life of Pi by Yann Martel (wonderful!)
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Highsmith
Maul by Tricia Sullivan
The Year's Best Fantasy, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, The Year's Best Science Fiction, and Science Fiction: The Best of 2003 by various editors
The Cat's Pajamas by James Morrow
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (great point-of-view)
Polyphony 4 edited by Layne & Lake
The Rose in Twelve Petals by Theodora Goss
Limekiller by Avram Davidson
Quin's Shanghai Circus by Edward Whittemore (great characters)
Veniss Underground by Jeff VanderMeer
Mortal Love by Elizabeth Hand
Abarat II by Clive Barker (better than the first one)
Triads by Brite & Faust
Anagrams by Lorrie Moore
Naked, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
The Knight by Gene Wolfe
The Complete Far Side by Gary Larson
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Many many books by P.G. Wodehouse.
That's all the titles I wrote down, and doesn't include various chapbooks (like the latest Ratbastards chapbook, Richard Butner's collection, etc.), 'zines, magazines, stories online, the magazines, etc., which I also read, but which I wasn't quite obsessive enough to track. I also read Sonya Taaffe's upcoming collection Singing Innocence and Experience, Chris Barzak's awesome novel, and Greg van Eekhout's awesome novel. I probably forgot to write down some books I read, and I re-read a few old favorites this year, but this is a reasonably complete list.
That's enough self-indulgence. At least until I do the next Tropism Awards in a week or so...
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