“Eternity is in love with the productions of time.” — William Blake
I’ve said this in past years, but I never feel especially productive until I look back at what I’ve accomplished over the past year. Day to day, adding a few hundred words on the page may not seem like much, but over time it accumulates. This year, in 2019, I published or sold the following works:
- “The Walk to Distant Suns” (with Mercurio D. Rivera) – Analog, March 2019
- “Truth is Like the Sun” – Lightspeed, May 2019
- “The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard).” El último novelista (o un lagarto muerto en el patio). – Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial. Spanish language (reprint), June 2019
- “The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard).” 2019 Nebula Awards Showcase. Ed. Silvia Moreno-Garcia, (reprint) October 2019
- “Your Future is Pending” – Clarkesworld, November 2019
Fiction (sold & forthcoming)
- “The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard).” – Future Affairs Administration, Chinese language. (reprint)
- “The History Within Us.” – Science Fiction World, Chinese language. (reprint)
- “Very Surely Do I Not Dream.” – Psi-Wars: Classified Cases of Psychic Combat and Horror, Ed. Josh Viola, Hex Publishers (original)
- “The Marsh of Camarina.” – Lightspeed (reprint)
- “Still You Linger, Like Soot in the Air” – Lightspeed (original)
- “Overcoming Self-Doubt as a Writer” – The Writer’s Book of Doubt, Ed. Aidan Doyle, June 2019
- “Syd Mead: Visual Futurist” – Lost Transmissions: The Secret History of Science Fiction & Fantasy, Ed. Desirina Boskovich, September 2019
In addition to the above, I also finished a YA science-fiction novel (currently in revision at the request of an agent) and started a new YA(ish) novella that I’m really enjoying. I was also a guest on the Geeks Guide to the Galaxy podcast five times, and I’ll be on again in early January to discuss the new Star Wars series The Mandalorian.
I also mentored a couple of folks through the SFWA mentorship program, which has been very rewarding.
And while the above list may seem like a lot, I don’t feel as if I’m a particularly productive person, especially compared to some of my more prolific writer friends. My point is, if you do a little bit every day, it adds up. Keep writing!