Thirty Years Before the Keyboard

by wjw on January 1, 2009

January 1, 2009 is a memorable day for more than just the usual reasons.

As of today, I have been a full-time, professional writer for thirty years, earning my living exclusively by my craft.

God, I feel old . . .

mindseas January 1, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Happy New Year! Hope 2009 is a good one for you!


p-dub January 1, 2009 at 4:34 pm


Ethan January 2, 2009 at 5:17 am


Dave Bishop January 2, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Here’s to the next 30 years, Walter!

A Happy New Year from Manchester, UK!

S.M. Stirling January 3, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Let’s have a competition. We both try to write longer than Jack Williamson did. Winner attends the funeral of the loser… 8-).

Rebecca S. January 3, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Congratulations. And don’t stop.

Charlie Stross January 4, 2009 at 7:58 pm


You gave me a sudden double-take moment: aside from a five year stretch as a programmer, I’ve been writing full-time for a living since August 1990. (Although I’ve only been full time self-employed since March 2000.) And as I’m a bit younger than you, that’s already more than half my working life …

Thai January 4, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Congratulations. How about another 40?

dubjay January 5, 2009 at 8:37 am

Thanks for your good wishes!

I’m starting the next book on Monday, so I’ll need all the energy you can send.

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