Giving Thanks in 2016

It seems odd to give thanks for 2016.

I mean, this was the year we lost David Bowie. The year Prince died. The year many of us sat dismayed at the results of the U.S. Presidential elections. It would seem that there’s little to give thanks for in 2016.

On a personal note, November has turned out to be pretty awful, but sometimes one must drink the bitter waters to get to the sweet. I went into the hospital yesterday for a small surgical procedure, and am back home with little pain. I’m hoping for a speedy recovery.

Looking back over my writing this year, I realized I have much to be thankful for in this regard. As of today, I have:

  • 105 submissions
  • 6 acceptances (3 new, 3 reprint sales)
  • 3 stories in print in 2016: in the “Clowns: The Unlikely Coulrophobia Remix” anthology, Nature and Daily Science Fiction
  • Joined the Science Fiction Writers of America
  • Narrated my first Spanish-language story for Strange Horizons

I still have hopes to add to those acceptances before the end of the year, but I’ll have to wait and see. I definitely feel like I’ve “arrived” on the SFF fiction scene.

Happy Thanksgiving, all. May you share it with friends, family or people you love.

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