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20 December 2010 @ 10:09 am
I'm a made man  
I'm pleased to announce that I've sold "Citizen-Astronaut," the story that won Second Prize in the 2010 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest, to Analog! I'm so happy this story will see print. It's a classic "guy in space who has to solve a problem" puzzle story and is very much based on my experiences on "Mars." But I feel I need to point out that, even though I named my hero Gary Shu (yes, Gary Shu), the interpersonal, political, and physical problems I threw at him are far worse than anything I faced in Utah.

This marks my third sale to Analog, which is significant because along with your third publication you get a Biolog (short biographical article) published in the same issue. I've already done the interview, with writer Rick Lovett, and seen a draft of the article. And, although there's no official definition of what makes a writer a member of the Analog MAFIA (the gang of writers who appear frequently in that magazine, the name being a tortured acronym for Making A Frequent appearance In Analog), I figure three sales is a pretty good lower bound so I asked Jerry Oltion to send me an Analog MAFIA button, which I will wear with pride at my next convention.

This sale also means that I sold to Realms of Fantasy and Analog within a month of each other. Pretty chuffed about that too.

I'm also pleased to announce that my story "Written on the Wind" (from the sff.net anthology Beyond the Last Star) will be podcast on Escape Pod!

Most of my writing time this month has been spent on a short story for a theme anthology, which is due Real Soon. I hope to put it in the mail today. I think I may take a good chunk of this week off from writing, just to rest and recharge, before diving back into the Mars YA novel.

Jay Lakejaylake on December 20th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
The NewroticGirlnewroticgirl on December 20th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
katybeth on December 20th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
Matthew S. Rotundo: Typewritermatthewsrotundo on December 20th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
Woo-hoo! Congrats, David!

(And may you fare better than Joe Pesci.)
Carlcarl_allery on December 20th, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! Congratulations, David, on both the contest and the sale. :)
scarlettina: Writing: Bad endscarlettina on December 20th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
Congratulations. Please not to be delivering fishes wrapped in newspapers to friends. Please not to be making offers one cannot refuse. Please not to be wearing pinkie rings.

I mean it.

Especially about the pinkie rings.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on December 21st, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
Okay, no pinkie rings, and no fishes.

How about one of these? http://www.kropserkel.com/horse_head_pillow.htm
scarlettina: Madnessscarlettina on December 21st, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
< blood-curdling scream . . . blood-curdling scream . . . blood-curdling scream >
David D. Levinedavidlevine on December 21st, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Wait until you see the shower!

[violins] [violins] [violins]
threeoutsidethreeoutside on December 20th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, David! Can't wait to read it!
David D. Levinedavidlevine on December 20th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
It says in the footer on the galleys: "Month 2011." So that's when it's coming out! :-)
Christopher Kastensmidtckastens on December 20th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
That is a lot of excellent news, congrats!
et in Arcadia egobooapostle_of_eris on December 20th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Yay! again
some more
bearfuz: cross-eyedbearfuz on December 21st, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
Wow. Will I be allowed to hang with you guys in Portland?! I mean, seriously! Wow!
David D. Levinedavidlevine on December 21st, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
I sure the heck hope so! Let us know details when you get them.
bearfuz: mary poppinsbearfuz on December 24th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
These details I can give you right away: We'll be flying up from Sacramento on Monday, June 20 (if not the night before), rehearsing the orchestra Monday night and Tuesday, and beginning performances on Wednesday night. We'll have a packed performance schedule that week, but that Friday afternoon will be free unless I wind up being required for a rehearsal of some kind (which is too far away to predict yet).

NATURALLY all of this is subject to change. :-) And just what happens after that — taking (probably) the next full week off for Atlanta, then coming back for the third week of Portland performances — is not set in stone. We can talk about it more along about May. I *really* want to see you guys in your natural habitat!!
David D. Levinedavidlevine on December 24th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
According to my calendar we're not going out of town during that period except to Convention, so we should be able to work something out. We'd love to show you our town!
kzmillerkzmiller on December 21st, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
Huzzah! Congratulations!