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Wrap-Up Season 2013: Mood

My mood fluctuated pretty wildly this year. At this time in 2012, I was on top of the world. I’d started to write Enter Title Here, I was in love with the book, it was going really well, it was flowing out of me in fits of divine inspiration. And then, at the end of January, […]

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[Wrap-up 2013] Post-mortem on a decade of writing and submitting

I submitted my first story on or about December 20th, 2003. That means that today marks the end of a full decade of writing and submitting! Probably the easiest way to sum it up is to just give you the numbers: These numbers are clipped straight from my Excel spreadsheet, so there are some disclaimers. […]

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[Wrap-up 2013] This year, Blotter Paper got 2.5x as many pageviews, visitors as it did in 2012

  Unfortunately, Google Analytics was breaking the blog, so my statistics on this aren’t as good as I’d want them to be. Anyway, my impression was that the Blotter Paper’s growth wasn’t nearly as aggressive in 2013 as it was in previous years. But upon viewing the final stats, I see that I was wrong. […]

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[Wrap-up 2013] If someone asked me whether or not they should get an MFA, I’m not sure I’d be able to wholeheartedly recommend it

I’ve now reached the end of my 3rd semester as an MFA student. Only one more to go, and then I’ll have a degree! I’ve enjoyed it a lot, actually. The people are fun and interesting (I’ve never been around people who were so interested in books before). The workload is unbelievably light (this day […]

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[Wrap-Up 2013] Books I Read And Blogged About in 2013

I’ve also updated the tab at the top to include all of these books, so that now my index runs all the way from December of 2010 to the present day! Nightwood Barnes, Djuna Woodcutters Bernhard, Thomas The Closing Of The American Mind Bloom, Harold World War Z Brooks, Max Passage of Power Caro, Robert […]

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[Wrap-up 2013] I have not sold nearly as many stories in 2013 as I sold in 2012

This time last year, I was telling you that I’d just had my best year ever, in terms of publications. I’d sold another story to Clarkesworld (after a gap of two years), and sold my first stories to Apex, The Intergalactic Medicine Show, and to several anthologies. This year wasn’t nearly so good. It started […]

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[Wrap-up 2013] Nine books (including 3 YA novels) that I really enjoyed reading but never blogged about

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – Kelly Link used to say that the thing she liked about zombies was that you could tell a ton of different zombie stories, depending on how many zombies you use. Like if you’ve got one zombie in a town, that’s one story. And if you’ve […]

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[Wrap Up 2013] This year, I learned that I shouldn’t bank on any reading project that involves more than 3 to 7 books.

I’m a big fan of grand reading plans. A few years ago, I read all the Russians. The year after that, I read Proust. And last year I read lots of Victorian literature. At the beginning of the year, I announced that I was going to spend this year reading all of the 19th century […]

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Wrap-up season begins!!!

Hi blog readers, It’s time for the most self-indulgent month of the year–the time when I summarize, analyze, and opine upon all that I’ve been up to this year. I think it is not impossible that this will be the largest and most comprehensive wrap-up season of all! Generally, I begin by talking about all […]

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