The year 2008 was a great one for me in a lot of ways. Sure, there are always ups and downs in life, but there were some significant ups in 2008, and I want to get them down here as a way of showing the universe my gratitude.
As a writer:
I received the 2007 Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction and was nominated for my Collection, Defining Moments. I was given the chance to write the afterword for an upcoming book by Clive Barker, “The Adventures of Mr. Maximillian Bacchus and His Traveling Circus” - after which Clive called me on the phone - not once, but twice - a friendship it appears will survive.
I saw publication of:
- The Not Quite Right Reverend Cletus J. Diggs & The Currently Accepted Habits of Nature
- Ennui & Other States of Madness
- The Sound of Drums - which will likely remain the rarest of my published works.
- The One-Eyed Jack series with my long-time friend and colleague Brian A. Hopkins
- The Definitive David Niall Wilson collection - most of my novels to be reprinted with new ones.
- Audio and print rights to a number of books to a new press in the UK
- A Stargate Atlantis Novel (currently in progress)
- Several stories
- A proposal (should the deal go through) for a SPIRIT novel following up on the movie just out.
FIRST CUTS: A Tribute to Larry Roberts and Bloodletting Books - which made him smile.
As an IT Professional and blogger:
- I started several new blogs, and then combined most of them into a single site here at DavidNiallWIlson.com
- I saw my company through a major Facility Security Inspection.
- I created the basis for the network that will branch our company out nationally over the next year.
- I created TWEEPLEBLOG to profile the most important asset on the new social media site Twitter - the people.
- I began spending more time blogging about what I’ve learned as an IT Professional and Web fanatic over the past couple of decades.
- I helped people - even when I wasn’t paid.
- I joined the team at Dad-o-Matic to help remind me to focus on my family, and to share that with others.
I’m going to do a companion piece to this later this afternoon or evening - things I hope to see, accomplish, and be in 2009. For now, I’m content with the year that has passed. My family is healthy, happy, and together.
You can read some thoughts on that in my first ever post today at Dad-o-Matic.