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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-12-31 13:22
Subject: [personal|writing] My 2010 Year in Review
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Tags:australia, awards, baby killers, books, calendula, conventions, endurance, grief, kalipura, mainspring, new zealand, personal, pinion, sky, sunspin, travel, writing
2010 has been a very difficult year for me, but it's also been a very accomplished year. The ironies of this are not lost upon me. And frankly, the leading indicators for 2011 are not much improved. We shall see.


Pinion from Tor Books
The Specific Gravity of Grief from Fairwood Press
The Baby Killers from PS Publishing
The Sky That Wraps from Subterranean Press

Short Fiction

In short fiction, I had about twenty-five appearances, one jointly authored with Ken Scholes, several more with Shannon Page.

Other Activities

I was nominated for an Airship Award for the Mainspring cycle, sold French and German rights to various of my books, and edited METAtropolis: Cascadia, Audible.com's followup to the highly successful METAtropolis audiobook.

I attended Rainforest Writers' Village, Cascade Writers, New Zealand's National Convention, Worldcon in Australia, Orycon and Steamcon.

Submissions and Sales

43 new fiction submissions in total
    22 sales, several with Shannon Page
    12 rejections

19 reprint submissions in total
    11 reprint sales
    18 reprint rejections

Writing Statistics

226,200 words of first draft (Kalimpura, twelve short stories, outlines to Kalimpura and Sunspin, several nonfiction items)

Revisions to Endurance

Approximately 1,000 blog posts

Personal Life

All of this while recovering from lung surgery, undergoing six months of chemotherapy, experiencing and recovering from liver surgery, holding down a full-time job, parenting, and spending the last three months of the year watching my primary relationship erode and vanish. So while the writing held up remarkably well (I accomplished more in 2010 than in 2009), the rest of the year sucked rocks and is totally fired.

Also, don't ever talk to me about not finding the time to write.

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User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-12-31 21:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Also, don't ever talk to me about not finding the time to write.

No kidding.
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catsparx: couple
User: catsparx
Date: 2010-12-31 22:12 (UTC)
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"Also, don't ever talk to me about not finding the time to write."

never a truer sentence written. Happy new year, buddy. You are a fucking legend!
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User: emmainfiniti
Date: 2010-12-31 22:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Also, don't ever talk to me about not finding the time to write."
Crud. My excuses look lamer than ever.
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User: sandrawickham
Date: 2010-12-31 22:37 (UTC)
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I'm writing, I'm writing! (okay, I'm procrastinating just a *bit* online right now)

And WOW on your year. Hope 2011 rocks in ALL categories. ;)
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User: guipago
Date: 2010-12-31 23:29 (UTC)
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You, sir, are one hell of a man. This is all I have to say. I'm proud to know you and to still have you in the world. Happy New Year, Jay.
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User: deborahjross
Date: 2011-01-01 01:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
There is always time to write. But during those times when I've been too distraught and just plain nuts to write, then I've really been in trouble.
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User: austspecfic
Date: 2011-01-01 03:38 (UTC)
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I think you are awesome to achieve all of that with what you are going through, have been going through. I hope 2011 brings a brighter future and lots more writing time.
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The NewroticGirl
User: newroticgirl
Date: 2011-01-01 05:58 (UTC)
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I think you are an amazing person. <3
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Ken Scholes
User: kenscholes
Date: 2011-01-01 14:13 (UTC)
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Ahem. TWO jointly appearing with Ken Scholes.

Dude, you are a wonder to behold in all that you can do in the midst of facing down significant adversity. Hell, you did more in the midst of this last year's craziness than most could do under the best of circumstances.

Keep moving forward. We're all out here cheering you on.
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scarlettina: Writing: Plot builds character
User: scarlettina
Date: 2011-01-03 16:29 (UTC)
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Keyword:Writing: Plot builds character
May 2011 be just as productive ... without the suck that permeated the year. That said, well done, sir. Well done.
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Perdix: silence
User: perdix
Date: 2011-01-14 19:22 (UTC)
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...spending the last three months of the year watching my primary relationship erode and vanish.

I don't even know you, outside of your LiveJournal, but it made me incredibly sad when I read that your lady had decided to go her own way. I hope you two find each other again in time.

That's all.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-01-16 00:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you. It made me incredibly sad, too.
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