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So what did I accomplish in 2005?

In my capacity as co-editor of Tropism Press:

  • Published one (1) issue of Flytrap.

  • Put together the contents for the next issue of Flytrap, due May 2006.

  • Made plans to publish two chapbooks this year: Tales of the Chinese Zodiac by Jenn Reese, which will collect her series of short-shorts and illustrations from Strange Horizons, along with some original material, with tentative plans to premiere at Wiscon in May 2006; and a collection by Greg van Eekhout, which we hope to premiere at Worldcon in August 2006 (and no, we haven't totally decided what's going to be in it, but there will be at least one thing you can't read anywhere else).

My own writing/reading/misc literary accomplishments:

  • Read about 75 books -- not counting anthologies/collections I dipped into but didn't completely read, and definitely not counting the hundreds of short stories I read from various magazines, websites, etc.

  • Saw my first novel published.

  • Sold a poetry collection, If There Were Wolves.

  • Sold a story collection, Hart & Boot & Other Stories.

  • Saw stories of mine reprinted in The Best American Short Stories and Year's Best Fantasy 5.

  • Sold my story "The Witch's Bicycle" as a standalone YA to a Dutch publisher.

  • Wrote some stories: "Cup and Table", "The Crawlspace of the World", "The Frozen One", "Jubilee", "Morris and the Machine", and a pseudonymous erotica story.

  • Have some ongoing works-in-progress: "Wishlist" (the Mr. Li story) and the Bridge Novel, which stands now at about 100 pages.

  • Sold some stories: "The Third-Quarter King", "The Tyrant in Love", "Haruspex", "Cup and Table", "Robots and Falling Hearts" (with Greg van Eekhout), "Gillian Underground" (with Greg and Mike Jasper), "Gulls", "Jubilee", "Impossible Dreams", and a pseudonymous erotica story. Plus two originals in my upcoming collection, "Dream Engine" and "Komodo". Also self-published my Rangergirl spin-off, "Bluebeard and the White Buffalo Woman".

  • Sold a bunch of poems to Jabberwocky and one poem to Strange Horizons.

  • Revised Blood Engines and sent it to my agent, who will soon be submitting it.

  • Won a Rhysling Award in the long poem category (and also won 2nd place).

  • Won first place in the 2005 Strange Horizons Reader's Poll for poetry.

  • Heard two of my stories recorded and broadcast at Escape Pod.

  • Wrote an introduction for Sonya Taaffe's collection Singing Innocence and Experience.

  • Wrote about a dozen reviews for Locus.

  • Got interviewed in Locus.

  • Did my first radio interview.

  • Was the subject of a feature in the free weekly paper down in Santa Cruz.

  • Served (am still serving) on the Nebula short fiction jury.

Non-writing-related significant/fun/major events:

  • Heather and I got married! That's the major one!

  • Before that, had an awesome bachelor-party weekend, courtesy of Scott, Lynne, and Jenn.

  • Went on our honeymoon in Hawai'i, the best vacation ever.

  • Consequently swam with dolphins and watched geckos eat jam.

  • Visited Santa Cruz a couple of times, but not often enough!

  • Went to Wiscon, which ruled, as always.

  • Spent a couple of days at the Hidden City workshop.

  • Started playing World of Warcraft, got my main character to level 60.

  • Did a kick-ass appearance with Michael Chabon and David Kipen.

I know it's been a rough year for a lot of people in a lot of parts of the world, but in purely personal terms, 2005 was probably the best year of my life.

Here's hoping this year is even better than the last.

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