Friday, January 03, 2014

First Blog of 2014

Only a few more days of break and then back to school on January 8. I’m already working on syllabi, of course, and hope to have them done by the end of the day. Since I no longer allow myself to be overwhelmed with social obligations during the holidays, I tend to be able to relax and do a lot of reading. I finished a number of books, which I have dutifully reviewed on Goodreads.

Two surprises came for me at the end of the year. I made two end-of-the-year lists. I think it may be the first time it’s ever happened to me. And both were lists of ‘good’ things. I know that’s never happened to me. So, for the first blog of the new year, I’m gonna put up a couple of links.

First, over at Adventures Fantastic, Keith West put up a blog entitled “2013: An Assessment.”  How neat it was to see my name about halfway down, and the mention of my 2013 titles “The Machineries of Mars” and “Under the Ember Star.”  Thanks, Keith! Glad you liked ‘em.

Second, on Wednesday, Sandra Seamans posted her “Top Ten Story Picks for 2013” on her blog, and “Eye Spy” by this Charles Gramlich guy popped up.  Wow, that was published way back early on in 2013 and I’d almost forgotten about it. Cool to see that someone remembered it. Thanks, Sandra!


And now, time to run some errands before I get to work on my syllabi. Maybe I’ll grab a burger while I’m out. Hope you are all enjoying a great 2014 so far. 
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22 comments:

Ron Scheer said...

Well done, Charles. Nothing like a little well deserved recognition to make your day. Isn't it about time for some more western stories?

Tom Doolan said...

Cheers! Here's to an even better year in 2014!

Keith West said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Charles. I hope your semester is smooth and uneventful. Now I need to go look up "Eye Spy".

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's always cool to see our work show up on someone's list!

Charles Gramlich said...

Ron, I think 2014 is gonna be the year of the western. :)

Tom, thanks, man. Back at you.

Keith, Eye spy is quite a brief piece of flash. It was on beat to a pulp. And thanks again for your post.

Alex. yes it is.

Ty Johnston said...

Enjoy that burger! Anyplace special? Or one of the usual fastfood joints?

Erik Donald France said...

Congrats, man ~ and happy into 2014!

~ two zero one four ~~

~ twenty fourteen ~

~ roger, out ~

Riot Kitty said...

Enjoy the last few days of break! And cheers for you!

Charles Gramlich said...

Ty, I ended up going to the grocery and getting hamburger meat and buns to make our own.

Erik, thankee, man.

Riot kitty, I appreciate it!

Brian Miller said...

hey those are cool surprises...congrats on the recognition...

oy, back to school monday...getting together for breakfast with another teacher in the morning to do some planning...

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Charles, I'm hoping to surprise you early on this year. May 2014 see you and your work on many lists, blogs, and websites.

Charles Gramlich said...

Brian, it will be Wednesday for me. Back to school. But too soon.

Prashant, the writing is of primary importance, of course, but no writer survives without some name recognition and that is hard to come by.

laughingwolf said...

yay!

Charles Gramlich said...

Laughingwolf, thanks, man!

ivan said...

Good news early in the year!

pattinase (abbott) said...

Great, Charles. So nice (for you) to see people are reading you and loving it.

sage said...

Congratulations on your honors and enjoy your last few days of rest!

jodi said...

Charles-You are awesome! Enjoy a big, juicy burger with a beer to celebrate!

Bernard Lee DeLeo said...

Good beginnings for a great year ahead, my friend.

Charles Gramlich said...

Ivan, that's a nice way to get it!

Patti, it indeed feels very good. I've seen some good words about your work lately as well. :)

Sage, I'll try.

Jodi, mmmm, that sounds delicious.

Bernard, amen, brother.

David Cranmer said...

Congrats on making the year end lists, Charles. And Sandra has an excellent eye for quality.

Charles Gramlich said...

David, thanks, man.