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I've done this fifty times before.

This is a year for which I cannot currently provide anything like a remotely satisfying summation. I keep writing sentences and erasing them. It was that sort of year. Regardless, whatever else might be true about 2014, today is the light at the end of a three-year-long – long, long – dark tunnel. I believe 2015 will be much better, but only if I beat it – and myself – into shape. See? How fucking vague was that? Perhaps everything will be a little clearer farther down the road. And perhaps not.

The last quarter or so of the year saw an amazing change in my habits. I began to travel. Indeed, when you add it all up, Kathryn and I spent two of the last four months away from Providence, between a trip to Alabama, World Fantasy in Arlington, and then the three weeks in Woodstock. I hope that the year ahead will be similarly not tied down to this city.

And hey, this year I won two World Fantasy awards, a Locus award, and my second Bram Stoker. Not too shabby.

So, turn the page.

Yesterday was about as fucking nightmarish a writing day as I ever have. But I got through pages 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 of Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird, and it will be finished this evening. I have twelve hours to write five pages (2.4 hours per page). I think I can manage that.

And really, that's all I have for now. As cliché as it sounds, see you on the other side, kittens.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

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sovay
Dec. 31st, 2014 05:07 pm (UTC)
And hey, I won two World Fantasy awards, a Locus award, and my second Bram Stoker this year. Not too shabby.

Not at all.

See you next year.
alumiere
Dec. 31st, 2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
Here's to 2015 bringing good things for you!
captaincurt81
Dec. 31st, 2014 06:39 pm (UTC)
Here's to a better 2015 for you and all of us.
martianmooncrab
Dec. 31st, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
And hey, this year I won two World Fantasy awards, a Locus award, and my second Bram Stoker. Not too shabby.

not too shabby indeed.
eluneth
Dec. 31st, 2014 07:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks for continuing to share glimpses of your life with us here, and congratulations again on the plentiful crop of awards this year!
hertston
Dec. 31st, 2014 08:21 pm (UTC)
I believe 2015 will be much better, but only if I beat it – and myself – into shape. See? How fucking vague was that?

Insufficiently vague to stop it from being a bloody good place to start 2015. :)
corucia
Dec. 31st, 2014 08:37 pm (UTC)

Best wishes for the new year for the both of you, with the hope that your goals are achieved!

dipsomaniac
Dec. 31st, 2014 08:46 pm (UTC)
This entry sounds pretty positive to me. I hope you have much success finishing up Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird. Definitely not too shabby with those awards. Here's to an even better 2015.
lunapalma
Dec. 31st, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
Don't forget to mention the marvelous Centipede Press edition of _The Drowning Girl_. Sub Press shipped copies out, at last, around two weeks ago. Such a beautifully crafted book, an inspired material complement to your writing! I look forward to savoring the story again, in this incarnation.
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