Christmas, 2012 brought me a few coals. I received notice that two short stories of mine had been rejected by publications. One is a prestigious Canadian anthology in which I am keen to publish; the other was a story that I think is so amazing that I cannot understand how anybody could reject it. Then, just to cap off the holiday season, on December 25, my Web site disappeared.
If I was a Christian, I would have had some pointed questions for god after all that.
The Web site disappeared because of an upgrade to the back end (the database software); fortunately, after a few days, the problem was fixed (just in time for me not to have to miss my update deadline - you've gotta love a story with a happy ending!). As to the short stories, well, it's only a matter of time and persistence before they find a home.
Overall, I cannot complain about 2012. Four of my short stories appeared in print anthologies, another one in an ebook, and I sold yet another one that will be coming out in an anthology next year. I self-published a new collection of Alternate Reality News Service stories (Luna for the Lunies!), as well as finishing the fourth collection and coming close to finishing the fifth (their publication will be something to look forward top in 2013). And, of course, Elsewhen Press agreed to publish Welcome to the Multiverse.
By any writer's yardstick, it was a good year.