Transformations, yes. But not so many sendouts, therefore not so many publication credits. Still, transformations are worthwhile. Here are some of the ones I've gone through this year:
- I was transformed into a writer of opera librettos (libretti?), doing one adaptation of one of my stories, and one from-scratch libretto.
- I was transformed into a writing teacher, giving several speculative-fiction-writing workshops for various target groups, and running an ongoing weekly workshop for academic writers. I think this counts as turning me into a teacher as well as a writer (as opposed to a writer who occasionally teaches). I'm happy about this: I love teaching. Helps me keep my own writing sharper, too.
- I was transformed into a grad student (again). This time for a Ph.D., which (I'm finding) is quite a bit more severe a transformation than the one I underwent for my master's degree.
- I was transformed into a fencer! Yes, I actually started fencing in 2009, but this was the year I competed in a tournament and actually won a medal (bronze, long-time followers of this blog will remember). That was another profound transformation for me!
- This year also saw the completion of my transformation from fan to writer: I actually gave a reading and moderated a panel at WorldCon (as opposed to just attending them). I'm happy about this, too: I can give back to the community on which I depend to keep me in touch with readers, colleagues, and friends.
- At the very eleventh hour of the year (well, not literally the eleventh hour, that's on New Year's Eve, but close enough), I was transformed into a trumpet player when my husband gave me a trumpet for Christmas! Now I just have to learn how to play it....
Enough transformations for one year? Perhaps so. What will 2011 bring?