A year ago today, I had not received a call from Writers of the Future. I didn’t know The Mother Anthony had been selected as a Finalist, and that eventually Joni would tell me that Jerry Pournelle loved it.
A year ago today, I knew essentially nothing about Writers of the Future.
A year ago today, I hadn’t read Brad R. Torgersen’s post on the value of the contest, so I didn’t appreciate just how awesome the contest is.
A year ago today, I hadn’t discovered the Writers of the Future forum, so I didn’t know how awesome of a resource and a support system the forum can be. (On the other hand, a year ago I hadn’t spent time to write 1,357 forum posts…)
A year ago today, I hadn’t met Brad or Alex or Annie or Tina or Scott or Dustin or Mike or Pat or Kyle or Jeanette or Dr. Phil or Eric or Rebecca or Elinor or Steve or Bill or Thomas or Amanda or Justin or Kary or Patrick or David or Grayson or Stewart or Sean or Michael or David or George or Juliana or Stephanie or Kevin or Dantzel or Josh or Jude or Erik or Riley or Fiona or Alistair or Rich or Bard or Kevin or Dawn or David or Jennifer or Lynette or Maria or Tom or… well, a whole bunch of great forum participants, too many for me to remember even with notes.
A year ago today, “The Night We Flushed the Old Town” hadn’t been published in Therefore I Am: Digital Science Fiction Volume 2.
A year ago today, “Scramble” hadn’t been selected as an Honorable Mention in Writers of the Future.
A year ago today, “Father-Daughter Outing” hadn’t been selected as an Honorable Mention in Writers of the Future.
A year ago today, “Father-Daughter Outing” hadn’t been the cover story in Heir Apparent: Digital Science Fiction Volume 4.
A year ago today, I hadn’t self-published “The Mother Anthony” and Sense of Wonder.
A year ago today, Ulterior Motive Lounge wasn’t consistently ranking in the top 100 UML books on all of Amazon (once as high as #10!).
A year ago today, “A Most Auspicious Star” had not been selected as a Semi-Finalist in Writers of the Future.
A year ago today, “Scramble” had not won Second Place in the 2012 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest.
A year ago today, “Gruff Riders” had not been published in The Gruff Variations: Writing for Charity Volume 1.
But as of tomorrow, it will be one year since Joni called. I will no longer be able to say “A year ago today…” on that one. It has been quite a year, for me and the whole family. Not all of it good by any means; but sometimes it helps to look back and highlight the good. It’s all too easy in the day-to-day to lose track of what has changed.
And it makes me wonder: what will I look back on a year from now? And that motivates me, because the good stuff doesn’t just happen; we have to make it happen.