I spent the last few days of 2011 in Myrtle Beach, finishing several projects that I’d left undone through the year. Now, it seems appropriate to start 2012 with a “year in review” post.
My biggest news of 2011 was having “Therapeutic Mathematics and the Physics of Curve Balls” published in the September 2011 issue of Analog Science Fiction & Fact.
In other 2011 news, I got involved in filk, which is fannish folk singing — i.e., writing and performing folk songs with a science fiction or fantasy focus. A few of my meager efforts are now on YouTube, and they’ve generally been well-received … especially “The Monster Hunter Ballad”.
As for the goals I set myself in 2011, I had mixed results:
- I continued searching, though not very diligently, for a willing publisher for my novel. It’s still on the waiting list at a couple of houses.
- I did not begin a new novel.
- I completed four short stories, and revised a couple of old “flash fiction” pieces along the way.
- I maintained this blog and my web site, including my series of occasional “space history” items.
- I revised one of my unpublished nonfiction manuscripts.
- I kept my Baen Books job, and succeeded in eliminating the backlog of electronic slush (with the exception of a goodly number of better submissions held for special review). In addition, one of my recommendations was contracted for publication.
- I kept my NC State job, in which I still primarily write for the IES Executive Director.
- I continued to plan and present praise and worship at North Cary Baptist Church.
- I completed my term of service on the Town of Cary Public Art Advisory Board.
In general, in 2011 I tried to achieve an overall goal of “less pressure, more fun.” Unfortunately, the daily/weekly/monthly grind of juggling multiple jobs, various church functions, and other responsibilities made that a bit difficult. In the end, while I didn’t exactly fail at it, I certainly didn’t succeed … so I call it even.
And now I suppose I should put together some goals for 2012.
Hope your old year was good and your new year is better!by