The Year in Brief

Following the trend of posting the first line of the first day of each month from the past year’s blog:

Jan: Spring semester at the university begins next week.

Feb: News came yesterday that a hypertextual flash fiction project called “23 Small Disasters” created by myself, Elad Haber, Greg van Eekhout, Meghan McCarron, Tim Pratt, Benjamin Rosenbaum (who conceived the idea), and Kiini Ibura Salaam was sold to Ideomancer, where it will serve as an entire month’s issue.

Mar: I’ve been asked to write a short essay on “The Language of Moths” for the Nebula Awards, which has placed me in the awkward position of talking about one of my own stories, which I don’t usually do, or like to do, for various reasons.  This is my first stab at it, though.

April: As Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

May: We went to Millcreek Park today, to enjoy the sun and the flowers and the people who had come out to enjoy it with each other.

June: This Saturday was Streetscape in Youngstown’s downtown. A couple of hundred volunteers from the community came out to plant flowers and to landscape the downtown together.

July: This weekend was Youngstown’s Summer Festival of the Arts.

Aug: Found this in my email from my friend Graham this morning:

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and the day started off with great cheer.

Sept: Hope everyone is having a good holiday weekend.  The book release party was really awesome, and I’ll be writing about it and posting some pictures of the art and attendees sometime this week, but for now I’m going to post this link to the blog for the radio show Lincoln Avenue, hosted by Dr. Sherry Linkon.  Sherry recorded an interview with me that will air this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and you can listen to it by visiting WYSU’s homepage.

Oct: Good news came yesterday. One for Sorrow is going to be translated and published in Italy by Elliot Edizioni!

Nov: I’m back home from World Fantasy Convention. Four things I have decided:

1. Flying by airplane is my great annoyance. I wish I could teleport to wherever it is I want to go.

Dec: Just a quick note to say I’m in the final days of the fall semester, very busy, stacks of essays to grade, student fiction portfolios to read, and have been busy with preparing for the Oakland Center for the Arts annual “How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas” production.

All in all, I think it’s been one really awesome year.  Busy, but really awesome.

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