Ho, Ho… something

This might possibly be the last post of the year I Officially Became a Published Author, and if the notion of being able to walk into a bookstore and buy my fevered monkey-scat scrawlings on genuine official paper still surprises you, know that I’m standing right there next to you. Looming, if you will. All Dark Knight, like. Minus the leather/latex/beating criminals like I was their daddy fetish.
I’m still wading through the blood, guts and feathers of Book 2 edits, and the light at the end of the tunnel is close enough to taste – if indeed, you can taste light, which, unless you’re involved in impressive levels of self-medication, you probably can’t. But you know what I mean, shaddap.
2012 was an amazing year for me. Thinking back over this thing we call life, it’s probably the most amazing arbitrary measure of time I’ve yet experienced. I mean, the level of personal awesome isn’t really up there with the discovery of the Higgs Bosun, or Voyager leaving our solar system or anything, but for this tiny collection of carbon, it was a stonkingly good year. And I’m not really prepared to sit here and list all the excellent things that happened to me over the year for fear of coming off like a bragging douchebag, but take my word, it was pretty cool. And if you’re reading this blog, then you were a big part of that.
So I want to say thank you. For indulging me in this tiny dream that at moments seems so utterly absurd. For coming with me on the journey so far, for your comments and reviews and letters and art and music and poetry and all the awesome shit you’ve done for me over the last 12 months. I’m humbled and grateful and lucky to have you.
Safe holidays, be excellent to each other, and we’ll see each other next year.
Much love,
PS – I have bookplates now, the design of which is at the top of this post. So if you’d like a signed copy of SD but don’t want to pay the fucking outrageous postage required to post a book down to Oz (current going rate is first-born child and the blood of an Englishman) , now you can!
If you’d like a signed bookplate to stick in the cover of your shiny copy of STORMDANCER, just drop me a mail and we’ll figure something out.
Be safe. Have fun. Peace.

28 Responses to “Ho, Ho… something”

  1. Bryan Chaffin says:

    Can I stick the book plate on my iPad? I’ll have to check Apple’s TOS for that…

  2. Pam says:

    I’m so happy for you.

  3. Kayla Beck says:

    Happy holidays, new year, and all of that stuff! May 2013 be as awesome as 2012! 🙂

  4. bwtaylor75 says:

    It has been a blast watching your adventures unfold. I was looming too, stoically I might add, as you navigated the publishing seas. My goal is to get one of my books published and get to your neck of the woods so we can exchange books…over a pint. Thanks for having me along and inspiring an up and coming writer to keep fighting Bruce Lee style for their dreams. Hopefully by this time next year I’ll have a similar post, and I’ll be thanking you. Here’s to continued success. Cheers!

    • Many thanks, sir! All the best on the journey. A pint sounds awesome, and I hope to hear your good news soon.
      And remember – your best weapon, your ONLY weapon sometimes, is self-belief.

  5. grats again and happy holidays.

  6. I’m jumping up and down with happiness for you! What fun its been following you up to pub date, watching the video of your pub party (great speech!), and then recently starting to read what in my opinion is a HELL OF A GREAT STORY!!

  7. Cass says:

    Merry Christmas to you too. 🙂

  8. neyska says:

    Happy Holidays! Happy End of the World! and Happy New Year! (since I’m expecting the end of the world to be less than epic). 🙂

  9. Ash B says:

    Merry Christmas and a big congrats to your achievement.

  10. …No one laugh at me when I ask: what the hell is a bookplate?

  11. ….Oh…wait: the image at the top, is that it?
    Oh – OK. That’s really pretty, it would go very nicely next to my bookmarker you gave me as well. (I’m the crazy Irish fan. Hi again!)

    • Hello! Yeah, you guessed right, it’s like a sticker that you put in front of your book if you can’t get an actual signed copy. Some folks prefer the plates, tbh, because they’re a little prettier than just regular writer scrawl 🙂

  12. Jon Karoll says:

    The other day I got a little tired writing my fantasy and decided to work on something different. I thought real hard, what were awesome for me and how to incorporate it into fantasy. Then I thought, “Oh, oh, an innocent Japanese girl named Sakura, with basic knowledge about kenjutsu and shit, and, travels to the big city that’s entered the industrial age. It’s gonna have monsters and have the Japanese myths and blahblah.” So, I spent some time writing it, and after 10k aimless words that cost me half the New Year, I looked to my left, saw Yukiko with the title, Stormdancer, above her, and I was like, “Oh shit.”
    Point is. I’ve written something subconsciously, without a doubt, influenced by you. I haven’t read enough books, but I know enough that Stormdancer is unique, and if this little incident happened to me, I’m pretty sure it had to others as well. It’s like you’ve instigated a revolution or something for writers to try something different. Well, at least that’s how I see it.
    Thanks for the inspiration and one more, again for the query tip. Awesome shit this year man.
    Btw, how can I get a plate?

    • Well, I’m not 100% sure about the revolution thing, but it’s cool if someone out there is trying something new. Really awesome of you to say, and you’re totally welcome 🙂
      Bookplate – just shoot me an email and we’ll hook something up 🙂

  13. Vinny K says:

    You have every right to be a bragging douchebag after the fantastic story you gave to the world. Your book has a special place on my shelf of favorites, right next to Rothfuss’s books. And you can bet I’ll be emailing you to get a signed bookplate!

  14. Debby says:

    Are you still doing bookplates? *shamefully late, but still*

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