Then there was my goal of appearing in print, which I completed in a sideways manner by getting multiple book review columns in Absolute Magnitude and Chronicle.
Then there was the goal of seeing my reviews quoted on the books of authors I like/respect/enjoy. Again, success, wwith quotes appearing on books by Peter David, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Charles de Lint, Dawn Cook, and Jim Butcher.
One by one, I've been succeeding at my goals, slowly but surely. But thus far, one has always eluded me: the desire to have one of my stories appear in an actual, honest-to-god -book-. An anthology.
I just got the contract in the mail... John Helfers accepted my submission to an upcoming Daw anthology entitled SLIPSTREAMS, a genre-crossing collection of stories which refuse to be defined by just one genre.
It's a nice little noir murder mystery/fantasy I call "Claus of Death." The book will be out later this year.
Let the celebrations begin. Booyah!
(And back to work for me!)