But I think probably the biggest surprise through it all (okay, writing for Famous Monsters not once but twice was huge for me) is the many, many friends I've met along the way. I had no idea that the horror writing community was such a supportive one. Horror authors are not competitive. This isn't a contest. Everybody wants to see others succeed, and in my experience they offer great advice to help make that happen. Everyone has been so encouraging and always willing to lend a hand, advice, feedback, etc. There are a large handful of people that I've only known as an online presence (or through the phone, web cam, etc.) yet I consider dear friends. I've written stories with some of you. I've shared the table of contents with some of you, and some I've had lengthy discussions about writing, books, music, art, God, writing, books and books and writing and books.
Here's to many more years of writing with bigger goals being reached and satisfying opportunities falling into our laps.