Well, it's time for the obligatory retrospective. It's been a mixed year. My personal life was uneventful. Nothing really bad or great happened to me. Did have some worsening pain in my shoulders. Went to a physical therapist and that helped a lot.
My writing world didn't see any great accomplishment. I did manage to get a nice book out called Legends of the Dragon Cowboys, which is two novellas set in the weird west. But my short story placement was nil. And Science Fiction Trails returned from the grave with issue 12.
Going forward I am editing a book of ghost stories right now. I hope to get a few of my own stories placed somewhere. Lately, the market has wanted other things than what I really want to write.
I probably will attend three or four cons again in 2018 along with a book fair and maybe some reading somewhere. My schedule hasn't been confirmed yet. I tend to be snubbed by cons for some reason. A lot of them want nothing to do with me. They'll pass me over in favor of some clod who self published two poems more often than not. It used to bother me. I used to think it was because I didn't belong to the major writing organizations associated with my genres. I joined HWA & SFWA and discovered that didn't make any difference--the cons still snubbed me. Even though I resent being snubbed, truth is I don't really like cons all that much. Some people go to them nearly every weekend. Frankly, I really don't have that much fun at most of them. There's one con I sure would like to go to in March as it's just down the street from my house, but I haven't heard from them yet. Anyway, my schedule will be posted here if and when things get firmed up.
And that's about all there is on this topic. The readership of this blog has quadrupled over the course of the year. I'm not sure why, but glad all the same. So Happy New Year everybody and keep reading stuff.