MRK’s 2018 in Review
I counted it out – in 2018 I spent more days traveling than I did at home. I… I question my life choices sometimes. BUT there was so much cool stuff that I don’t know what I would have skipped. And since there is no reasonable way to cover everything I did, here are a few highlights. So many links ahead!
Last year I: published 2 novels, 6 short stories, wrote a game, podcasted, did many space things, baked a few pies, and spent a lot of time with family.
- “Rust and Bone” — Shimmer Magazine #46, Nov 2018
- “Artisanal Trucking, LLC” — Asimov’s Science Fiction, Mar/April 2018
- “The Phobos Experience” — Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July/Aug 2018
- “Dust to Dust” — Fireside Fiction
- “Sound and Fury” —Robots VS Fairies anthology
- “A Feather in Her Cap” — Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2018
Brass Tactics – Hidden Path
> I wrote an analogy and pep talk about Imposter Syndrome and D&D (this is a time to actually read the comments. Well, most of them).
> I was part of the #NASASocial group for the Parker Solar Probe launch. Heard from the scientists, including Dr Parker himself, visited the Vehicle Assembly Building, and launch pad 39-b. If you have read the Lady Astronaut Novels, you’ll know why I found this tweet particularly funny.
"We've been studying the Sun for decades, and now we're finally going to go where the action is."
— NASA Sun & Space (@NASASun) July 20, 2018
> Let me recommend a book to you! Find a book in the thread that you’ve loved, and read one of the ones around it!
> I went on our 6th annual Writing Excuses Retreat and Workshop. I wrote on a balcony, taught in the R Bar, ate ceviche and wrote during a downpour in Cozumel, and got shingles (ouch). Join us next year – we’ll be going back for ceviche, but not for shingles. (Prices go up on Jan 31st!)
> I got to watch a spacewalk rehearsal at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab, and talked all about it during the actual spacewalk a few months later.
> Speaking of amazing space things, I’m just gonna leave this one here:
Actually – it was pretty wonderful to see our world thru your eyes! And #Elma? Wow. #Elma #ROCKS! Yes – every #Pun intended. Read Her #calculatingstars and in short order – you'll know why. And your eyes will be wide open — like saucers! Seriously, I'd be sitting down. https://t.co/X2NrgGEGgV
— Cady Coleman (@Astro_Cady) July 3, 2018
Yes, that’s an actual lady astronaut that loves my Lady Astronaut book. *Tahani hair toss*
> I started a Lady Astronaut Club. Official merchandise! (No Cream of Wheat boxtops required) Membership cards! Just send in a SASE! The Lady Astronaut Club is open to anyone on or off the gender spectrum.