Traditionally, at the end of the year writers gather round a merrily blazing fire and toss in all their computers. Any computers that are left after the fire burns out are then published, as-is, and that’s exactly how publishing works.
In case you want to know.
Wait… no, I’m just getting an update that actually, at the end of each year, writers tend to write a summary of their yearly doings! Ah. That makes more sense.
I published two novels this year, one novelette (that’s writer-speak for “longish short story”), and one verrrrry short collaboration.
When Stars Are Scattered came out in April and is still my favorite of all my published stories. I think I managed to do some things in this story that I have never been able to do in other stories. Quick Sip Reviews said some nice things about it and it’s on the Nebula Recommended Reading list, which (cough cough) you can upvote if you feel the need.
Category: Novelette. 13,000 words
Carbon Dating was a funny little flash story about the Internet becoming sentient & looking for love. My first collaboration with the amazing Effie Seiberg!
Category: Short Story (Flash Fiction) 900 words
And then the NOVELS, of course.
A Red Peace: First in the Starfire Trilogy, with pretty decent reviews and blurbs from Kameron Hurley, Tobias Buckell, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Beth Cato. Aaaand my first novel. Wow. I’ve been looking forward to this a long time, and it’s been out now for 4 months! WHAAAAAAA.
Novel, 53,000 words
Shadow Sun Seven: The sequel to A Red Peace, second in the trilogy, out for four weeks now, and… I blabbered about it all over Chuck Wendig’s blog. Liz Bourke says, and I quote: “Ellsworth’s worldbuilding continues to grow ever more mind-bendingly batshit.”
Novel, 64,000 words
It was a really busy year. Between edits on Shadow Sun Seven up through spring, completing the third book Memory’s Blade, (out February 27th!) and a couple of other projects, plus a mind-bending 98,000 words for NaNoWriMo, I done… wore myself out.
Another post to come about the fiction I enjoyed this year, but honestly, I gotta catch up on my reading first.