To begin, other people’s good news:
- First, and long run most important, Mary Anne had a baby! Howdy, Anandan. Welcome to the world.
- Paul Berger sold one of his Clarion stories, “Small Burdens” to Strange Horizons. It should be showing up next year in the Spring, and it is a marvelous piece of work.
- Meghan McCarron also sold a story to Strange Horizons. It will also be showing up next Spring, and is titled “WE HEART VAMPIRES!!!!!!” My personal connection to Meghan is tenuous–I met her at WisCon and was probably creepily excited to do so. But every one of her stories I’ve read has blown me away, so this leaps onto my list of eagerly anticipated works.
- Sarah Miller put in the legwork to compile a list of Clarion ’08 publications. It’s still incomplete, but we’re tallying in email, and it seems that in the slightly more than a year since we disbanded, we’ve sold 25 stories, 10 of which were written at Clarion, and 7 of which are to pro markets. This counts as meta good news, in a “lots of my friends are doing awesome things” kinda way.
And now, my own good news.
- I got a job. After stringing together two consecutive months without losing a day to debilitating intestinal pain, it was time to stop living entirely off my parents. I will be teaching the GRE for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. This is part time work, and how much work is available depends on student demand. I’ll find out how much of my costs this will reliably cover after I finish training. I may end up needing another job in tandem, but after being on my back for most of a year, this is an awfully heartening development.
- Another heartening development — I sold a story to Asimov’s! It’s a hard-SF story titled “Adrift,” (I never was able to think up a better title for it than my working title. It’s kind of boring, but whatever.) and I haven’t yet been told when it will run. But when it does it will be my first publication that I can point at in a bookstore. I’m pretty excited about that.
- My website is working again. Hello website.