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I’m not a fan of social media in general,
but once in a while you might find me on Twitter and now I’m inclined to keep even more of a distance from Twitter than usual in the wake of the E**n M**k takeover.
I’m also on Mastodon: @ITregillis@mastodon.social and on Counter Social: @ITregillis@counter.social
(Theoretically, anyway. I’ve staked out my username in both places, but I’m not active yet and might never be.)
I disappeared from the writing scene for a number of years. This post explains why.
I started my writing journey, cutting my teeth on the basics of craft, at the Online Writing Workshop. (It’s no exaggeration to say joining the OWW changed my life.) A few years later, I attended the six-week, residential Clarion Workshop in 2005. In Michigan, I met Walter Jon Williams, who welcomed me into the writing community sometimes known affectionately (or not so affectionately) as the New Mexico Mafia. From there, up-and-coming writer George R. R. Martin drafted me into the rag-tag fugitive fleet known as the Wild Cards Consortium. It was via Wild Cards that I met my first literary agent, the late, great Kay McCauley, thanks to whom I became I published novelist.
I’ve been a Writer Guest of Honor at the Williamson Lectureship (2010), a Science Guest of Honor at Legendary Confusion (2014), and I’ve had the privilege of serving as Toastmaster for both Bubonicon (in 2011) and MileHiCon (in 2013). I’ve been an invited guest at conventions in Leipzig, Germany (Elstercon) and Istanbul, Turkey (the Black Week Literary Festival, though only virtually, thanks to COVID-19).
In 2018, I was an invited guest at the New Zealand Festival of the Arts, the prestigious biannual national arts festival. This was one of the greatest honors of my author-life.
In 2014, and to my great delight, my novel Something More Than Night was a shortlisted nominee for the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, which honors “outstanding works of science fiction, fantasy and horror which include significant positive explorations of LGBTQIA+ characters, themes, or issues.”
In 2019, I was awarded the Galaxy Award for Best Foreign Writer in China.
In another life, before I became a writer, I earned a doctorate in physics studying cosmic ray acceleration within radio galaxies. Today, when I’m not writing, I pay the bills as a theoretical physicist… though probably not the type you’re envisioning. (It’s a broader category than pop culture might have us believe.) My employer has been highly and publicly supportive of my second career as a novelist but, needless to say, acknowledgment does not imply endorsement. Absolutely nothing in my fiction writing should be construed as representing the views of my employer, its personnel, or its parent organizations.
People sometimes wonder if I reverse-engineer UFOs for a living. I don’t. But how I wish I did.
Please join me in raising a glass of Prosecco in honor of the late, lamented, and legendary Kay McCauley, the Queen of Agents. God damn it, we miss you, Kay.