I didn’t sell any new stories in 2012, but I did have two reprint sales:
- My story “Watch Bees” was reprinted in translation in the Russian magazine Esli (in the April issue, which isn’t up on their website yet).
- My story “Like a Hawk in its Gyre,” had audio reprint rights bought by Escape Pod, and appeared as episode 358.
I’m a bit dissatisfied with my productivity of new fiction—I scarcely finished a story all year, although I worked on several, as well as on a novel. I will apply myself to both with renewed vigor in this new year. (The novel, in particular, although forward progress stalled out some months ago, is still attractive. That’s different from previous novel efforts, where I discovered structural problems that made them seem too flawed to be worth continuing.)
One member of the Incognitos moved away this year. That, together with the fact that none of us was quite as productive as in years past, has meant fewer meetings, especially in the second half of 2012. However, we’ve recently been in touch to work out plans for including the absent member via Skype, so we’re all set once we start getting stories finished again.
On the non-fiction front I did about as well as last year.
I was interviewed about my thoughts on personal finance and frugal living for both a podcast and a radio program, specifically:
One of my old Wise Bread posts was featured on the Soldierette blog.
I wrote 27 articles for Wise Bread. I’ve bolded a few where I thought I managed to say just what I was trying to say:
- The Freedom of the Independent Yeoman
- Foraging: Not Insane, Useless, or Impossible
- Voluntary Slavery
- How to Not Be a Debt Slave
- Lifestyle Upgrades: Beware the Diderot Effect
- How to Not Be a Wage Slave
- Take an Imaginary Do-Over
- Stay Off the Frugal Path to Disaster
- When to Buy Disposable
- Why I Hate Credit Card Points
- When Avoiding Debt Is the Losing Strategy
- Create Your Own Raise
- How to Understand and Protect Yourself From Inflation
- Passing for Middle Class
- Simple Living Through Capital
- Once Again Safe as Houses?
- Savings Rates Below Inflation? Save Anyway
- Retirement: Not Just for People?
- 6 Ways to Avoid Running Out of Money in Retirement
- Take One More Thing Seriously
- On Problems and Opportunities
- What You Pay in Time
- Downside of the Rolling Jubilee
- What’s a Fair Relationship Between Salary and Rent?
- Stockpiling Is Rarely the Answer
- The “I Knew It!” Benefit of Expense Tracking
- Capital Substitutes for Labor — and Vice Versa