Goodbye, 2011, hello, 2012

Well, that was one hell of a year.

Not only did I launch this website, but a whole bunch of other things happened, too.

Whedonistas was published. So was my new introduction to Sarah Monette’s short story collection The Bone Key (attention catalog librarians: my authority record needs to be updated with a pseudonym *grin*). And then there was the article about how academic libraries can help us survive the zombie apocalypse, published in a volume entitled, appropriately, Braaaiiinnnsss! I defended the first season of Torchwood in Time Unincorporated 3, too.

The SF Squeecast was launched. And I took over as the Editor-in-Chief of Apex Magazine.

I guested at Gallifrey One and Chicago TARDIS, and was a Guest of Honor at CONvergence. And I’m chairing the Tiptree Award Jury. That’s not counting guest blogs, podcast interviews, and the like. We had several major collections of papers come in at NIU, including Eleanor Arnason, Cherie PriestBud Sparhawk, Margaret Ronald, Douglas Hulick, John Klima, Merrie Haskell, Michael Z. Williamson, and Fred Saberhagen. And then there was the half-million dollar grant.


While Caitlin and Michael had a rougher 2011 due to Caitlin’s post-surgical recovery, Cait is doing much better now, and Michael is able to turn more to doing programming for CapriCon and working on his writing again. We are all deeply grateful for all of the visits and friendships and gifts and hanging out this year. If one’s wealth in life is counted by the number of friends, we are very rich indeed.

(Although I think it’s pretty clear why this holiday break was spent mostly doing nothing in particular.)

Here’s what’s coming in 2012:

Chicks Dig Comics. More  Apex Magazine. I get to present the Tiptree Award once our jury finishes its work. There will be conventions, oh yes.  This is my tenure portfolio submission year, which is also a milestone and another set of tasks.  Plus working on that grant. And much more.

It feels like the Doctor just grabbed my hand and said “Run.” Catching my breath may be tough in the next year, but it will be worth it.

May your 2012 be magnificent.



About Lynne M. Thomas

Lynne M. Thomas is a nine time Hugo Award winning editor and podcaster. In her day job, she is Head of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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2 Responses to Goodbye, 2011, hello, 2012

  1. Andrea Buford says:

    OK, so I knew about the grant, but congratulations on all the other stuff, too!


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