greygirlbeast (greygirlbeast) wrote,

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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.

Aunt Beast
Tags: 2014, 2015, alabama, alabaster, awards, change, deadlines, endings, new year's eve, travel, woodstock

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