The Egotism Post

Long-time readers of this journal will be familiar with today’s exercise, but for those who are new, an introduction in three points:

1) Today is my birthday.

2) So long as I continue to be involved in academia, my birthday will fall during a rather hectic and stressful period of the year.

3) I am perhaps a little too skilled for my own good at pointing the flaws in my accomplishments, how I’ve done this thing but not that other one, etc.

So, for several years now, to counteract my tendency to be in a bad mood on my birthday (for reasons that have nothing to do with my age) and my habit of denigrating my own achievements, I’ve made a practice of
posting, on this day, a listing of all the cool stuff I’ve done in the previous year. And I’m utterly forbidden to qualify my statements or include anything that isn’t positive (and you have no idea how much self-editing it takes to obey that rule).

So. I’m twenty-six today. What do I have to show for it?

I think the item that belongs at the top of the list is, I’m engaged. *^_^* After seven years of being committment-shy, I finally bit the bullet and asked him to marry me, and he said yes. (After laughing
hysterically for several minutes at the irony of the event, and complaining that I had ruined all of his plans.) Yay!

On another personal-life note, I have made serious progress in defeating my phobia of things happening to my eyes. (When I have defeated it utterly, then I’ll let them go after my eyes with lasers.)

Regarding writing, let’s start off with yesterday’s good news: my flash story “Shadows’ Bride,” which appeared in the charity anthology Shadow Box, received an Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. It’s the first I’ve gotten. I’ve had six short stories appear in print since this time last year, in Talebones, Son and Foe, Fictitious Force, Dark Wisdom, Aberrant Dreams, and the aforementioned antho. All of them have received positive comments on forums or in reviews.

And I published a novel! Doppelganger came out in April, and appears to be selling quite well; I’ll know more when I get my first royalty statement. Nearly four dozen total strangers have taken the time to send me an e-mail saying how much they liked it. Several have mailed me their copies of the book to sign and send back. It’s garnered quite a few enthusiastic reviews; if I weren’t so tired (this is the only bit of whining I’m allowing myself), I would link all the online ones. Warrior and Witch comes out next month, and it looks lovely.

I’ve done a reading in Chicago, at the invitation of one of the Twilight Times staff. I’ve completed several interviews promoting Warrior and Witch, and written one short essay on it. I’ve sold two upcoming novels. I’ve sold a fifth article to Strange Horizons, and seen it go live. I’ve sold five short stories, one of which is already in print. I’ve been on panels at two cons, and have had a good time at both.

Academically, I’ve presented papers at the American Folklore Society annual meeting (my first there), the Pushing Boundaries conference (again, my first), and the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (second paper, fourth time attending). I’ve taught sections for two unfamiliar classes (People and Animals, and Human Origins in Prehistory; I’m back to intro archaeology now). I’ve taken courses on prehistoric North America, fieldwork methods, cultural theory, game theory, performance studies, and acting.

I’ve started running a tabletop game, for which my players frequently express their undying enthusiasm. I’ve co-ST’d a LARP that went off very much to my satisfaction. I’ve been invited into two new games, and
continued playing in several old ones. I’ve sewn what’s effectively a Renaissance dress and a variety of other, smaller costume pieces (and one very much larger one, namely that bloody toga). I’ve made soundtracks for two characters, and three more for my own game (with a few in progress).

That is, at the moment, all I can think of, on account of the aforementioned tiredness. It makes a good list, though. I wish I had my scores from the test I took today, so I would know whether I can legitimately add “tricked IU into believing I speak Spanish” to the list. <g> But I’ve plenty to be proud of, regardless.

Let’s see what I can do with my twenty-sixth year. ^_^

0 Responses to “The Egotism Post”

  1. d_aulnoy

    Happy birthday! And, truly, a list to be proud of. It’s a nice tradition ….

    • Marie Brennan

      Danke. And yes, I like the tradition. I really do need to set aside my inner critic every once in a while, and this is a good excuse to do so.

  2. deedop

    Happy Birthday you impressively ambitious youngster, you! 😛

  3. ninja_turbo

    I forgot it was your birthday, otherwise I would have said something!

    Otanjobi Omedetou Gozaimasu!

  4. wadam

    Happy birthday. And nice list. No reason to be modest or too self-critical about any of those things. And by the way, I can’t wait for Warrior and Witch.

    • Marie Brennan

      Sankyuu. (I have this strange ambition to thank everybody in different languages, but that may soon be defeated by the need to become increasingly obscure.)

  5. mindstalk

    Happy birthday, and congratulations!

    What are the games you’re running/have run?

    • Marie Brennan


      My tabletop game is Changeling: The Dreaming, and the LARP was . . . well, it was an adjunct special event game for the local, ongoing Changeling LARP, but the characters were gods and the system pretty much consisted of “come talk to the STs if there’s something you want to do.”

  6. deadmanwade

    congratulations at escaping the grim reaper’s notice for yet another year 🙂

  7. bakkhos

    At the risk of sounding repetitious, happy birthday! You are so accomplished. ^__^

  8. princess706


    Happy Birthday, shugah!!

  9. selenya

    Happy birthday!!!

  10. mallory_blog


    May your day be bright and filled with great food, pleasant company and no paper cuts!

  11. Marie Brennan

    You get the special honor of being thanked in Norwegian, in my quest to not repeat myself — so takke!

  12. dsgood

    Happy birthday!! Congratulations on the engagement, and on all the rest.

  13. dolphin__girl

    Happy Birthday! Oooh, and what’s this ARC I have right here…. ;o)

  14. d_c_m

    Plus you did a beautiful dance at a Changeling game!!

    And was a guest lecturer in a college level class.


    I am glad to kinow you. 🙂

  15. unforth

    Happy birthday!! 🙂 So sorry I couldn’t be at dinner. 🙁 And you did lots of awesome stuff, you have no reason at all to be down on yourself…I’m particularly looking forward to the next book, meself…
    And how could you miss arigato? 🙂

  16. jimhines

    Happy birthday, and congrats on an awesomely impressive list!

  17. prosewitch

    Happy birthday, and I hope you enjoyed your day! 🙂

    (also looking forward to Warrior and Witch)…

  18. danielmc

    happy belated birthday.
    hope to see you tonight.

  19. kitsune_zen

    Happy birthday, congrats on everything!

    • Marie Brennan

      Go raibh maith agat! (So I gave up on thanking everybody in different languages, but I figured I could use Irish for you. ^_^ )

  20. gollumgollum

    Happy Birthday!1

    And i think you owe yourself some more bragging about your tabletop game. Even watching from without, i’ve enjoyed the twists and turns and creativity you’ve employed in crafting your game, and as a storyteller i’m impressed with your ability to craft a story and plot which has the flexibility to allow your players to be creative but still has coherence and an end in sight.

    (Nevermind the wretchedness of that sentence…i just got home.)

  21. lightwhispers

    Happy Birthday, young-un! (You being all of four days younger than me.) *grin*

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