2012 was an amazing year of achievements for me it was the year when I finally took the first real steps as an author, something I’ve always wanted to do. There have been many highlights along the year but these are a few that spring to mind:
I finished writing my first novel, “The Wyld Hunt” – something that I have longed to do for years and the experience was even better than I could have imagined. But in doing so I found something else: I love my readers. I consider myself blessed that so many people have taken the time to buy and read my novel and share their experiences with me. I’ve met so many wonderful people in person and online at conventions and have been enriched in every way by doing so.
One comment stands out in particular: one of my readers described “The Wyld Hunt” as a safe haven for them, allowing them to take a break from the very important and very weighty work they do day-to-day. That comment made my year.
Now I am half-way through writing my second novel The “Firestorm Conspiracy” and have started writing a short novella called Dead Angels while I send out The Firestorm Conspiracy for feedback, and guess what? I love it even more. The delight I take in crafting an entertaining experience is greater than ever.
2012 has also been time for reflection.
After my change in career I realised that one of the things that made me unhappiest in my former life was expectation. I also needed to know everything and have answers to everything. The expectations (both internal and external) and burden of knowledge always felt unreasonable and were a driving cause of stress that, frankly, almost killed me.
So if expectation was so destructive, what is my new philosophy? Well three-fold. Firstly I want my life to be about aspiration without expectation, I want to have dreams but take joy in reality as it unfolds rather than having unrealistic expectations. Secondly, I am here to learn. I make no claims to having the answers about novel writing or anything else. Sure I have experience but I want to learn from all the wonderful people that I meet. The experience so far has been incredibly rewarding.
And finally as a wise person once said “claim victory in your heart and the universe will follow suit”. That sounds like a pretty damn good plan to me.
Along the way I have met some wonderful new folks but a special thank you must go out to my mum, Gunilla, and stepdad, Rick, Angus Abranson, and of course Hannah my wife. Your support has been incredible.
So that is what I am doing and so far it is working.
I look forward to 2013
Thank you all for your support – it has been a privilege to be able share my writing with you all. May you all have a wonderful, prosperous and healthy 2013.