I’ve said it before in other forums today: had someone walked up to me on November 4, 2009, and told me that by November 4, 2010, I’d not only be a Writers of the Future author, but a three-time selling author for Analog Science Fiction & Fact, I’d have told them they were smoking something. Nevertheless, here it is. “The Bullfrog Radio Astronomy Project” looks like it will net me a nice check, which should arrive roughly around Christmas — a welcome influx for the household budget! And a nice present from Dr. Stanley Schmidt, too.
Heck, I can’t say thank you enough to Dr. Stan for giving me such a great year. Most Writers of the Future winners have to hack at it a bit more, before they advance to their second, truly pro-vs-pro sale. Me? I’ve had three base hits in several tries at bat with Analog in 2010, and it’s been one heck of a pleasant surprise after so many years of struggling down in the aspirant pool. The wait has definitely made the successes more savory, so as much as I wish I’d done certain things much sooner, having these victories now is as gratifying as anything I’ve ever done in my life.
Which reminds me, one of the reasons I’ve not been able to get the new Emancipated Worlds chapters out as quickly as I’d like, is because I’ve had to split time on that project, and my other projects going out the door — projects which pay. Perhaps I will put up a PayPal tip jar on my EWS posts starting in 2011, just to see if anyone wants to lob in a few bucks? Because the honest truth is, my capitalist conscience nags at me when I feel I am spending too much time on something like EWS — when manuscripts for magazines like Analog seem to be yielding so much dinero right now.
No worries, the EWS chapters will keep flowing. And I am sorry for being late with this batch for the week. I’m clawing at it. Just wanted to toot a little about some bona fide cash on the barrelhead, and thank Stan, Analog, Claire with Dell Magazines, Trevor Quachri, and of course Writers of the Future and all who participate in it for getting me off the ground. 2010 has been a damned fine year for me. Damned fine.