A Year-End Writing Round-Up
A quick post on what I published slash awards eligibility slash a lot of links
In the past few weeks, this newsletter has gotten a lot of new subscribers. Firstly, hello! Thanks for checking out this newsletter on craft tips, publishing gossip, and weird books. Secondly, apologies in advance for a self-promotion post. As the year winds down, I like to write a round-up on what I published this year both on Counter Craft and elsewhere as much for my own memory as anything else.
Before I do that, let me thank you, my handsome, luminous, unimpeachable, vigorous, effervescent, and well-dressed subscribers. This newsletter started as a side project during COVID, but has truly grown larger than I ever expected. Counter Craft also nearly doubled the number of subscribers in 2023. So truly, thank you! I will now post the obligatory subscribe button:
2023 was a busy year for me between a fulltime job, other extra jobs, various life events, and… selling a novel! (See announcement below.) But I managed to publish Counter Craft on a near weekly basis and also wrote a handful of book reviews and short stories for journals like The New York Times and McSweeney’s. I’ll start with a round-up of my favorite Counter Craft pieces divided into a few categories. [Note 12/20: I’ve updated this post with a few final publications.]
2023 Counter Craft Highlights
Note: I publish all posts for free initially, but archive some older posts for paid subscribers.
Literary Essays Slash Rants
Publishing Demystification Stuff
My 2023 Non-Fiction Elsewhere
The New Republic: “The Year that AI Came for Culture”
And if you want to hear me in audio,interviewed me about genre, surrealism, writing, and other such things for his excellent podcast series !
[Editing to Add: After posting this newsletter, I was very saddened to learn that Gabe Hudson passed away. He was a sharp writer and a smart, big-hearted, and generous presence in the literary world. I can’t believe he is gone. RIP. He will be sorely missed. I wrote a remembrance here.]
My 2023 in Fiction
(AE) Lightspeed: “The Last Serving,” an SF story about genetic editing and fine dining
The Brooklyn Rail: “Notifications,” a story about death, grief, and social media
Counter Craft: “Algorithm America,” a near-future science fiction story slash experiment in self-publishing fiction on this newsletter.
(AE) McSweeney’s: “The Pond God,” a cosmic horror / ecohorror story set in rural Virginia
I also had one reprint and one audio version of two older stories:
Roadmap: “From the Comfort of Your Own Home,” a speculative story set in a virtual reality writing retreat (originally in One Story)
And that’s it! I’ve got some more stuff coming your way next year, including a graphic adaptation of one of my stories in a collection forthcoming from David Small (I’m very excited for this one), some short stories, and, well, whatever I decided to publish here on Counter Craft.
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