Friday, December 30, 2011

Looking Back at 2011

Since this is the last weekday of the year, I thought I'd skip the usual Science of the Week post and look back at 2011. So many different events happened that I'll have to stick with the highlights.

For science, I think one of the most significant achievements was Watson, the supercomputer that beat two human Jeopardy! champions.

For the writing and publishing worlds, where do I begin? We lost Borders and beloved author Anne McCaffrey. We're still in the middle of a paradigm shift with the publishing process and the proliferation of possible paths for authors. It's going to be a few more years before things get settled. For me, it was a watershed year with my decision to self-publish Lyon's Legacy--something I never would have considered at the beginning of 2011!

What were the highlights of your year?

Enjoy your New Year's Eve, and I'll talk to you again in 2012. We'll see if I manage to finish one more book before the year ends.


Catherine Stine said...

Congrats on Lyon's Legacy. I'm going to check it out on amazon. It was a big year end for me too. I indie pubbed my futuristic thriller, Fireseed One in December.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, congratulations on your book! I admire the writers who have self-published and so many have enjoyed success.
My highlights were the acceptance of my second book for publication and seeing my first book on the Amazon Best Seller list.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Thanks, Catherine and Alex, and congratulations on your achievements!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Losing Anne McCaffrey was sad. Her book The White Dragon is what inspired me to become an author. I'm sorry I never got a chance to meet her.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Yes, it was a shame losing her, Diane.

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