2012 comes to a close in just a few hours, and a new year starts. 2012 was not an outstanding year for me. In many ways it seems to have passed in a blur of mundane activities. I find myself looking back with some regret, mostly that I wish I had not let a variety of life irritations interfere with the momentum of my writing. I did write some stories that satisfied me in 2012, but I feel like I should have done more. I look at my files of partially completed manuscripts and wince at the possibilities put on pause.
But this is it – I am done beating myself up over not spending more time at the keyboard, of leaving so many worlds and words frozen like ants in amber.
Tonight is a night to celebrate the triumphs, to take them and let them feed a rededication to my craft. I did have some successes this year. I had several short stories published and had one of my favorites turned into a audio podcast over at Nobilis Erotica with the lovely voice of Rose Caraway giving my story “Tourist” life. My erotic superhero short story “Lawman” was chosen to appear in Circlet’s best of print collection Fantastic Erotica. I was honored to have stories in collections edited by Delilah Devlin, Kristine Wright, Rachel Kramer Bussel, D.L. King and Maxim Jakubowski. eXtasy books, Xcite books, Seal Press and Renaissance eBooks published some of my work as well, and I was thrilled to have a couple of my older stories reissued by new publishers.
So 2013 starts with a flurry of successes including the two stories that Maxim Jakubowski selected for his Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 11 (available January 1) – “The Boiling Sea” and “Barnacle Bill.” I am delighted that “The Boiling Sea” is the lead story in this year’s collection. Also, two of my quickie shorts will appear in Maxim’s collection due out in the spring.
Other successes conceived in 2012 will be given life in 2013 – another audio version of one of my popular short stories and other works that I am determined to finish up and send out into the world.
In a few hours I will enjoy some champagne, the company of good friends and family, and I will bid farewell to 2012 and welcome 2013, embracing the possibilities and adventures that can only be born through will and a creative heart. I hope your New Year’s Eve is filled with laughter, good company and most of all, I hope it is safe.
All the best for a bright New Year. Life is sexy – live it.