Every now and then, when I am feeling overwhelmed, I have to remind myself of some of the amazing things I’ve done, particularly when it comes to the writing world. Here are some things I’ve done that my 20 year-old self (just starting out writing, and a huge science fiction fan) would not believe:
- Sold stories. More than one. To the big science fiction magazines.
- Had a lead editorial in Analog.
- Had lunch with an editor in New York City.
- Presented a Nebula award to Geoff Ryman.
- Accepted a Nebula award for Ken Liu.
- Hung out with Robert Silverberg.
- Had breakfast with Jack McDevitt.
- Called half a dozen writers I’ve long admired “friends.”
- Sat at the Nebula Awards at the same dinner table as Michael Whalen.
- Attended Worldcon — twice now.
These may not seem like big things to people who don’t write, or don’t read science fiction. But to me, these are just as exciting as if I were doing similar things with the New York Yankees. Actually, truth be told, the ten things I listed are more exciting than that.
Lunch with Jack McDevitt! How was that? I recently discovered his books and love his storytelling style.
It was breakfast with Jack and it was great! It was at the Nebula weekend a few years ago. He is the modern day Clifford Simak of the science fiction world. Nicest guy you could ever meet.
That’s an awesome list! Would your 20-year-old self have known who Ken Liu is?
My 20-year-old self would not believe I accepted a Nebula award for anyone. But he probably would not have known who Ken was back then, either, I will admit. 🙂