Writing has taken a bit of a backseat, too, though I did finish another Paris mystery novel -- By Dawn's Early Light -- in April and continue to hope to sell the first in the series in the coming year. More about that later.
I had three short stories appear in 2013 -- one co-written with my wife, Elizabeth Westbrook. You can find those listed elsewhere on the web-site. Our only other collaboration, a humorous piece that has been rendered obsolete by history, is available as a free download.
I won the Aurora Award for editing "Blood and Water," and was lucky enough to present Robert J. Sawyer with his Lifetime Achievement Award at the same ceremony. I attend 5 SF conventions -- next year probably only 4.
In addition to the vast number of submissions I read for Bundoran Press, I averaged a book every two weeks for a total of 26. My top five:
Neil Gaiman: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Nickolas Butler: Shotgun Lovesongs
Willow Wilson: Alif the Unseen
Rex Stout: The Red Box
Robert J. Sawyer: Red Planet Blues
My favorite movies seen this year: Gravity; The World's End; Quartet; Silver Linings Playbook and Crazy Stupid Love (though The Hobbit, Star Trek into Darkness and Lincoln deserve mention)
I exercised less, drank too much, gained weight but generally became a better person -- one out of four ain't bad.
So, what about resolutions>
First, I will blog here once a month at a minimum. Hopefully I'll have something to say.
Second, I will carve out 5 hours every week for my own writing. My priorities: re-writes of By Dawn's Early Light, 6 new short stories and a good start on the 3rd Paris mystery.
Third, I will find a publisher and/or agent for In the Shadow of Verseilles.
Fourth, I will exercise more, drink less, lose weight and become an even better person.
Fifth, I will do something utterly surprising.
Check in at the end of the month to see how I'm doing.