The end of the holiday season is nigh. The food has been eaten, drink has been drunk, presents have been opened, and already the idea of returning to my office job is looming like a freaking vulture in a three-piece suit. It seems as good a time as any to reflect on this year, and to share some news of exciting things to come next year.
The first post I made on this here blog was in March. The title is ‘Grappling With All This’, and while I’m still grappling (good lord, I’m grappling), it’s gotten a lot easier with thanks to a few awesome people. My family, friends, and especially my wife, have all been hugely supportive throughout, offering kind words and advice when needed.
I want to thank anyone who has read my blog posts, or who continues to follow my pages, tweets, posts, and all those outlets on which I occasionally make an appearance. I am still no good at social media, or the business of selling myself, and so if you’ve stuck with me, despite this, you’re cool. If I had any chocolate left from Christmas, I would give you some, but I don’t, so stop asking.
I have spent a good part of the end of 2017 working on a new collection of songs that is nearing completion. It’s called ‘An Ant’s Dream’—a concept album detailing the hopes, fears, and unrequited love of an ordinary worker ant—and I am incredibly excited about how it’s coming together. I hope to be uploading it in the early part of 2018, and would really appreciate it if you could listen to even one song.
I received some great news recently. Fluky Fiction—a publisher intent on showcasing unconventional authors—will be bringing out a new anthology next year (with hope, in February) titled ‘The Muse & The Flame’. I’m extremely proud to say that it will include a short story I wrote called ‘Encounter in a Garden Shed’.
Also, thanks to my part in the Next Great Horror Writer Contest, I will be featuring in two ebooks that HorrorAddicts.net are publishing in 2018. One that has all of the editor’s favourite pieces that didn’t win—for me this was ‘The Victim Lounge’ audio script—and another of campfire stories that will have my tale of midnight ritual, ‘Goose Meadows’, included.
So, yeah, 2017 was pretty dang sweet, and 2018 will be just as great, if not more so. I will keep going, that much I do know, and I have plenty of new stories that need writing, and plenty more dumb ideas for music that need penning and playing.
Cheers to you all. It’s been a hoot.