Wow, so this is the second New Years Eve for this site. I’m planning a 2012 in review post for later this week, but for now I can just say that 2012 was a great year for my career. I published a second novel and a plethora of short works and attended my first show. I managed to crank out half a million words. More than that, I began to get my legs under me and figure out what I’d like to see out of the next few years. Next year I’ll be releasing a short story collection and another novel and attending a few shows, with an April show already confirmed. More information coming on those in the near future. For now, I just feel that I have some decent momentum going into 2013.
I hope you’ve had a great year and have a lot to look forward to next year. We only get so many of them and as I get older I realize just how important it is to do the most you can with the time you have. Yeah, I know that’s something of a cliche, but it begins to settle into your bones as you approach middle age, that’s for sure.
Now, enough of that. It’s booklist time! This year I set a goal to read 60 books (up from last year’s 50). That meant I would have to read, on average, more than a book a week. I hadn’t done that in many, many years and wasn’t sure if I would make it. I’m happy to report that I’ve exceeded that goal, hitting 64, which means I’ll probably keep my goal static next year. Let’s see what I read…
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Finished 1/6/12. Reviewed here.
- Valknut: The Binding by Marie Loughin – Finished 1/9/12. Reviewed here.
- Dark Tower: The Gunslinger – The Little Sisters of Eluria by Robin Furth. – Finished 1/11/12.
- The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow – Finished 1/12/12. A great primer on randomness, chance, and chaos. Mlodinow illuminates the psychological defenses that we throw up against the seeming madness of the universe. Worth a read.
- The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Battle of Tull by Robin Furth – Finished 1/17/12.
- Until Dawn: Last Light by Jennifer Nicole Simas – Finished 1/23/12.
- The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern WorldThe Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind by Justin Pollard and Howard Reid – Finished 1/23/12. Alexandria has always been on my mind as the last great bulwark of the classical world. Much of Alexandria’s history has a huge influence on City of the Dead and The Station. This book explains just why it’s so important.
- Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger – Finished 1/27/2012.
- Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – Finished 1/31/2012. A timeless classic. Continue reading