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.
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 Priest, Bud Sparhawk, Margaret Ronald, Douglas Hulick, John Klima, Merrie Haskell, Michael Z. Williamson, and Fred Saberhagen. And then there was the half-million dollar grant.
AND OMG I WON A HUGO.
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.