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I haven't been posting much here, partly because I've been traveling a lot and struggling a bit to keep up with work. Looking over what I've done, I did get about the same amount of writing done this year as I normally do, but not nearly as much of it is finished and ready to go.


A big chunk of what I wrote this year was Magic: the Gathering: Return to Dominaria which sounded like it would be a quick series of 4000 word short stories and became a fun-filled somewhat exhausting 68635 word extravaganza. It took up basically all my writing time between December through the beginning of April, with the last story being put to bed around April 23. But it was an extremely neat world to play in and a great experience. (If you want to read it, it's here:

The follow-up stories, by Kate Elliott, Cassandra Khaw, and Nicky Drayden are here:

After that I started working on the upcoming Murderbot novel, which doesn't have a title yet. The first Murderbot novella, All Systems Red, was written pretty quickly for me, over the course of a month, but the other three have each taken about two to three months each, with each following the pattern that I'd write about 15 to 20,000 words, then cut back to 5000 and start from there. And then do that again and do that again, until the end. I was hoping that didn't happen with the novel, but that is sure happening. So for most of this year, just imagine me and the Murderbot novel, locked in combat, repeatedly punching each other in the head.

Despite this I did manage to get a short written each month for the Books of the Raksura patreon Last month is the first time I flubbed that, and I'm hoping to make it up by the end of this year.

I also wrote a short 1000 word or so Murderbot story which is going to appear in a magazine in January, though I can't say which one yet because it hasn't been announced. (Believe me, I will mention it when it comes out.) And I wrote a 9400 or so word SF story for an anthology that kind of happened at the last minute because another writer had to drop out. I've done the revision for that and sent it in and I'm not sure yet if they need any more work on it. I don't think it's been announced yet either.

If I worked on anything else I honestly can't remember it right now.


The last three Murderbot Diaries stories were published: Artificial Condition in May, Rogue Protocol in August, and Exit Strategy in October. All were novellas, defined as stories between 30,000 and 40,000 words, released by Publishing, which specializes in novellas.

Travel and other stuff

The thing with All Systems Red is that it did really well, especially for a novella. Like, real well. Like "holy shit" well. Like New York Times Bestseller List for audio well (with Kevin R. Free performing the narration) and USA Today Bestseller List.

Because of this I got to go to the American Library Association conference for the first time, which is huge and fills up the whole New Orleans convention center and was awesome, even though I missed getting to see the main speakers (Michele Obama and Viola Davis). All Systems Red was also one of ten books to receive an Alex Award, which is for books written for adults that appeal to young adults, and is administered by YALSA.

I also got to go to the Texas Book Festival for the first time since the early 2000s when The Death of the Necromancer came out.

All Systems Red was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award.

I got to be writers workshop guest of honor at FenCon. And I got interviewed by Locus Magazine.

I got diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, with a side order of osteo arthritis, so I'll be on medication the rest of my life. Without the medication, I'm in a lot of pain and would be extremely creaky and slow. With it, I'm in pretty good shape, though occasionally a joint will just stop working right for no apparent reason.

I won a Nebula Award, a Locus Award, and a Hugo Award. I met a Sesame Street muppeteer and got my picture taken with a muppet. I got to go to George R.R. Martin's Hugo Losers Party where there were giant dancing robots.

And next year I'm going to be one of the guests of honor at Capclave in Maryland, in October 2019:

So it's been a pretty wild ride this year.
marthawells: (Reading)
Award-eligible stuff:

Novella: May 2017 All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries in ebook and paperback, from

Novel: July 2017 The Harbors of the Sun, the last book in the Books of the Raksura series, in hardcover, paperback, and ebook, from Night Shade Books.

The Books of the Raksura is eligible for the Hugo Award for Best Series, and this will be its last year of eligibility.

Short Story: July 2017 "Birthright" in Mech: Age of Steel from Ragnarok.

Not Award Eligible:

The trade paperback reprint of The Edge of Worlds

Writing Stats:

I wrote three more Murderbot Diaries novellas this year, Artificial Condition, which will come out in May 2018, Rogue Protocol in August 2018, and Exit Strategy, which isn't scheduled yet. All three together are a total of about 105,000 words. I also wrote a bunch of short fiction for the Raksura Patreon, probably around 15,000 to 18,000 words worth.


This was a really...strange year in a lot of ways, but career-wise, it was very good. I completed the Books of the Raksura series and I was very happy with how The Harbors of the Sun turned out. All Systems Red, my first SF novella, came out and it did really super well, and got lots of great reviews and was listed as one of Amazon's best books of 2017, which was awesome.

And I read a lot of great books by a lot of new and new-to-me authors:

And I was toastmaster at the World Fantasy Convention in 2017, and this was my speech:


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