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Honorable Mentions and a Contributor’s Copy

It looks like I have 4 Honorable Mentions in Gardner Dozois’ The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Eighth Annual Collection. (Must be a personal best!) They are:

The Gold Silkworm“, Fantasy Magazine
The Curse of Chimère“, Beneath Ceaseless Skies
The Character of the Hound“, The Dragon and the Stars
Night of the Manticore“, Abyss & Apex
I also received a contributor’s copy of WHEN THE HERO COMES HOME in the mail. Awesome.
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2010 in Review: Most Memorable Moments

My top 10 in chronological order. They’re all unforgettable in their own way:

  1. Watching the Winter Olympics, from the opening ceremonies to the gold medal wins. For me, the Men’s Curling gold was the most satisfying, as I used to curl and had been following it closely. (Unfortunately, due to a writing group meeting, I missed the win in Men’s Hockey.)
  2. The launch for the anthology The Dragon and the Stars at the Merril Collection, which was quite well-attended.
  3. Just seeing the Grand Canyon was incredible, but the best moment of the trip was conquering my fear of heights, forcing myself to walk the entire length on the glass bridge of the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
  4. Celebrating our 7th anniversary at CUT by Wolfgang Puck in Las Vegas. The Kobe beef sashimi was simply divine, as was their porterhouse steak.
  5. My 40th birthday party at the Duke of York. I’m very thankful to have so many friends come.
  6. Walking my mother down the aisle at her wedding.
  7. After standing in line for 2 hours, finally seeing Michelangelo’s David in all its magnificence in Florence. Pictures really don’t do it justice.
  8. In Italy, meeting my stepfather’s side of the family for the first time and seeing my aunt and uncle from Taiwan for the first time in decades. My Taiwanese uncle and my new step-uncle transcended cultural and linguistic barriers with the help of wine and accordion.
  9. Looking up at Mount Vesuvius from the forum in Pompeii, and realizing how incredible it was to be standing in a slice of frozen time.
  10. My writing group’s 24-hour story challenge, when some of us gathered at Stephen Kotowych’s house and wrote Writers of the Future-style. I got little sleep but it was worth it.

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2010 in Review: Stories

Now that all of my stories for 2010 have been published, here’s a summary of where they appear. The links below go to subpages with links and reviews. It’s the most I’ve published in any single year, and the reviews for my stories have been very positive, so an excellent year overall.

Short Stories

“A Sweet Calling”Clarkesworld #44, May 2010 (online)
“The Gold Silkworm”Fantasy Magazine, December 13, 2010 (online)
“The Character of the Hound”The Dragon and the Stars, DAW Books, May 2010 (print)
“The Curse of Chimère”Beneath Ceaseless Skies #53, October 7, 2010 (online)
“Cygnet’s Shadow”On Spec #80, Spring 2010 (print)

Novelette

“Night of the Manticore”Abyss & Apex #33, January 2010 (novelette, online)

Novella

“The Paragon Lure”Alembical 2, Paper Golem LLC, June 2010 (print)

Reprint

“Silk and Shadow”The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year One (online)

As it’s also award nomination season, some readers may also find this list useful as a reading guide. I’ve received very positive reviews for “A Sweet Calling” (in the short story category) and “The Paragon Lure” (in the novella category). The former is readily available on the web, and the latter is available to SFWA members in the discussion forums. Or, contact me if you prefer a different format. Thank you for your consideration.

Note: Some works are eligible for certain awards due to geographical restrictions. “The Paragon Lure” is ineligible for the Prix Aurora Borealis Award, and “Cygnet’s Shadow” is ineligible for the Nebula or Hugo Awards.

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