2014 Review, Some Lists, and Updates

2014 was a good year for me. 

Eight of my short stories were published.  Apocalypse Ink Productions acquired my trilogy of dark fantasy novellas. I took a couple classes at LitReactor and learned a lot. Pantheon Magazine nominated “Around the Bones, Tender Leaves Unfurl” for a Pushcart Prize. Suspended in Dusk is doing well and I’m still really pleased to be a part of it.

I made it through a couple more semesters at work. I went to Alaska on a cruise. Dragon Age: Inquisition was released and is awesome.

And now...Lists! 

Favorite Five Novels I Read in 2014:

1. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss (Better late than never, right? Loved it!)

2. The Martian – Martin Weir. (I devoured this. Funny. Exciting. I even loved the math!)

3. The Girl with All the Gifts – M.R. Carey (Beautiful twist on a genre).

4. The Shining Girls – Lauren Beukes (Time travel, serial killers, courage).

5. American Gods – Neil Gaiman (Another one I’d missed the boat on. Lives up to its reputation).

Five Cool Short Works I Read and Really Liked in 2014:

1.     “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” – Rachel Swirsky

2.     “Dying with Her Cheer Pants On” – Seanan McGuire

3.     “Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand” – Vonda N. McIntyre

4.     “The Specialist’s Hat” – Kelly Link

5.     “Six Months, Three Days” – Charlie Jane Anders

Five of My Favorite Movies of 2014:

1.     Guardians of the Galaxy

2.     The Grand Budapest Hotel

3.     Only Lovers Left Alive

4.     The Lego Movie

5.     What If

Five Favorite TV ShOws I watched in 2014:

1. Hannibal

2. True Detective

3. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

4. Gilmore Girls (Yep. Netflix. Way late to the party)

5. The first season of G.I. Joe (Again. Netflix. Really late to the party, but Cobra Commander brings the laughs, for sure). 

Five Favorite Games of 2014:

1.     Dragon Age

2.     Dragon Age

3.     Dragon Age

4.     Dragon Age

5.     Dragon Age

 I missed a lot of good stuff so the first part of 2015 will be spent catching up. 

Onward to the New Year

2015 began with a new publication! “A Taste for Adventure” went up on Allegory January 1st.

I’m so happy that story finally found a home. It’s one of the first I tried to get published. It got more holds, personal rejections and kind words than any other story I’ve written to date. It pays to persevere. (Though knowing when to move on is also quite valuable…).

It’s an homage to some of my favorite fantasy tropes. I really enjoy messing with genre flavors. Every once in awhile I like to try to lighten things up. Also, writing cranky, crusty old characters is amusing as hell.

I’m looking forward to a new year filled with more fun and adventure. 

Thanks for stopping by!

--Wendy