Thanks to all those who took a punt this year and bought one of my books. Even Oli the artist read Empire and Gateway. ‘Not bad,’ he said.
Don’t forget – my writing competition is still open. https://metaphysicalfantasy.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/something-new-and-exciting/
So, 2013. It masqueraded as the best ever, then the worst and turned out fine in the end. Siouxsie finally got her phd. Woohoo! I delivered a slew of successful workshops to the civil service. Yippee. Gateway of the Saviours was released. Hurrah. There was World Fantasy Con, where I got to see the flesh of Patrick Rothfuss and Joe Hill. Not worthy. I finished writing Tithe of the Saviours (out on 17 Apr ’14). Dance around giddily. My editor at Gollancz says I’m not selling enough books, so I might not get another book deal with them. Boo! I’ve started writing my new book (Lifer) and it’s the best book ever written by anyone. Rejoice! Come January, I’ll see if any publishers out there share my enlightened view. What do you mean, ‘Is that it?” Isn’t that enough? Sheesh. Tough crowd.
Hey, if you don’t like it, go sit in a car park watching crowds fighting over the last box of mince pies in Greggs. Watch the cumudgeonly traffic warden sticking tickets on cars to ruin people’s xmas. What sort of society have we created? One of our own making. It’s therefore all we deserve. Bah humbug to you too. Yet if you want to escape such problems, then you might be smart enough to go live in Clun (like my mate Matt), where the local council has given every inhabitant the right/licence to brew and sell their own beer. Forward-thinking place. You might struggle to find it (like Briggadoon), but it’s there if you look hard enough.
Here are some pickled predictions and bits of candied wisdom. 1. I’ll land a deal with an American publisher this year 2. I’ll start teaching a module on scifi and fantasy at the local uni 3. Germany will buy the rights to Tithe of the Saviours (being smart people generally) 4. I will receive my first ever royalty cheque from Gollancz (can hardly believe it myself) 5. Agents of SHIELD will finally sort its act out 6. Matt will land a big film deal 7. I will break free of these shackles!
That’s your lot.