Things I’ve Done That My 20 Year-Old Self Would Not Believe

Every now and then, when I am feeling overwhelmed, I have to remind myself of some of the amazing things I’ve done, particularly when it comes to the writing world. Here are some things I’ve done that my 20 year-old self (just starting out writing, and a huge science fiction fan) would not believe:

  1. Sold stories. More than one. To the big science fiction magazines.
  2. Had a lead editorial in Analog.
  3. Had lunch with an editor in New York City.
  4. Presented a Nebula award to Geoff Ryman.
  5. Accepted a Nebula award for Ken Liu.
  6. Hung out with Robert Silverberg.
  7. Had breakfast with Jack McDevitt.
  8. Called half a dozen writers I’ve long admired “friends.”
  9. Sat at the Nebula Awards at the same dinner table as Michael Whalen.
  10. Attended Worldcon — twice now.

These may not seem like big things to people who don’t write, or don’t read science fiction. But to me, these are just as exciting as if I were doing similar things with the New York Yankees. Actually, truth be told, the ten things I listed are more exciting than that.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

4 thoughts on “Things I’ve Done That My 20 Year-Old Self Would Not Believe

  1. It was breakfast with Jack and it was great! It was at the Nebula weekend a few years ago. He is the modern day Clifford Simak of the science fiction world. Nicest guy you could ever meet.

  2. My 20-year-old self would not believe I accepted a Nebula award for anyone. But he probably would not have known who Ken was back then, either, I will admit. 🙂

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