Things I’ve Done That My 20 Year-Old Self Would Not Believe

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:

  1. Sold stories. More than one. To the big science fiction magazines.
  2. Had a lead editorial in Analog.
  3. Had lunch with an editor in New York City.
  4. Presented a Nebula award to Geoff Ryman.
  5. Accepted a Nebula award for Ken Liu.
  6. Hung out with Robert Silverberg.
  7. Had breakfast with Jack McDevitt.
  8. Called half a dozen writers I’ve long admired “friends.”
  9. Sat at the Nebula Awards at the same dinner table as Michael Whalen.
  10. 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.


    1. 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.

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