I recently found out that "In the Cool of the Day" was the most popular story of 2013 over at Abyss & Apex.
Which is flattering and amazing and I'm completely thrilled by that.
It is frequently a very lonely thing having a story published. Sometimes you get feedback or comments or see your links retweeted, many times you don't. (Well, I suppose Neil Gaiman doesn't have that problem, but for the rest of us...)
I tend to focus on writing the next story more than trying to figure out if anyone is reading the current one, but it's hard not to sit and wonder if anyone is actually reading what I write? Some days it feels like I would have a better chance of having my words read by standing on my front porch and throwing pages out into the wind. (Not today because snow and I'm not standing outside for any length of time, thank you very much. But most days this would be a viable if somewhat ridiculous option.)
So, finding out that people do indeed read some of what I write is just an amazing feeling. It's like having my story accepted all over again.
It is having my story accepted again. By every one of you.
I deeply appreciate knowing that y'all are out there.