Happy New Year! May your 2014 be everything you’d like it to be!
It will probably appear as if I’m easing back this year, and in one way I will be, but actually it’s just a reallocation of resources and a refocusing of fun.
As some of you know, 2013 was rough as hell for me healthwise. Three of my titles made it into publication, but they’d all been a long time in the making so all I had to do during 2013 was work with house editors on getting them revised and polished. I was too ill to write anything new.
2014 looks likely to be rougher. That’s just how it is. I’m still too ill to write new material, but my YA gothic fantasy GIFTED is well on the way to its scheduled release on 1st May. Like last year’s novels, it’s been a long time in the making and all I’ve had to do is edit it with the wonderful Dayna Hart, who is a joy to work with.
So that single title is my scheduled release list for 2014, and it’s very unlikely to grow.
What I’ll be doing instead of creating new work is enjoying the work of others. I’m so behind. I’ve been watching various fantoms from a cautious distance, not wanting to absorb too many spoilers because I hoped to get to the books and films eventually, and this year I’m going to catch up.
I started over Christmas with The Hunger Games. Wow! Does that carry an emotional punch, or what?!
Also on my list is Sherlock (starting that today), Doctor Who, possibly Elementary, Chris Wooding’s Tales of the Ketty Jay, Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London, and a few older series that have slipped by unread or unwatched while I’ve been so busy writing these past few years. Arthur Ransome’s Swallows & Amazons, for one. I’m also looking forward to The Tomorrow People and hoping it doesn’t go the way of Heroes.
Also, also, books by several of my friends! Time to take them all off hold.
This year, I will mostly be being a fan.
What are you going to be?