Okay, so I've been lazy this summer. During the school year, I was busy with classes, grades, tutoring, and a thousand other things, which gave me a tidy excuse for falling behind on the old blog. But we're a month into summer and I have no excuse for letting things slide. Ah well, summer is supposed to be a lazy time, isn't it?
So what got me off my figurative butt? The October 2012 issue of Analog arrived, and it includes my story Ambidextrose. I suppose it marks me as a noob, but I still get a thrill every time I see a story of mine in print. I still stare at the pages in disbelief. This issue is especially exciting because it includes a Biolog about me. It marks my third appearance in Analog, which I suppose officially qualifies me as a member of the Analog MAFIA.
Another thrill comes from looking down the table of contents and realizing that I actually know several of the people sharing the page with me. Juliette Wade has the cover story of the issue; although I haven't yet met her in person, we have interacted online. I met Carl Frederick in person at two successive SFWA receptions, and both times we engaged in long and interesting conversations. I've talked to Rick Lovett on the phone and swapped a few online messages with Mike Flynn. And getting to meet Stan Schmidt was, of course, a highlight of my brief writing career. Getting to know these amazing and brilliant people is one of the best parts of being a writer. If you aren't already a fan of all of them, go read their work! Now!