Friday, 31 December 2010

2010 - Blimey.

That was some trip, wasn't it?  Started the year stuck in my own little world, writing this weird stuff I never even really understood the most of, then finished it having nineteen short stories published and another five slated in for the new year, plus half a dozen more out on submission.  Added to all that the book deal with Caffeine Nights, and watching the Mighty Daggers get promotion at Wembley to League One for the first time in our history, and it's all been pretty amazing.

But the best thing, the very best thing - all the people I've met in this mad virtual world of writing.  From the U.S. to Australia to here in good old Blighty.  Unbelievable.  I'd like to thank each and every one of you for your support this year, but more than that, your friendship.  You all know who you are, and you know I mean every word :)

Being a bear of very little confidence, I was always astounded when anything I wrote this year got accepted by an editor - and then the response on publication of each piece, well that just blew me away.  So thanks so much, also, to the fine guys and gals that do such a brilliant job with all the ezines and mags and anthologies that have become above all such repository of learning for me.  You do incredible work, people. Incredible work.

And so to the year ahead.  Well, the big one is the publication of 'Abide With Me' planned for late summer/early autumn.  My head's still spinning with it, and for those that helped me get the book into shape, my heartfelt thanks.  I will never forget those times.  Thank you.  But now it's real.  Publication.  Blimey.  One of my main resolution thingy things for this coming year is to take the writing a little more seriously.  I've always seen it as a throwaway thing, never dreamed publication would come my way.  The short stories, they were just a way of killing time while the book did the rounds.  As to the short stories, really looking forward to the ones to come.  'Chained' in Yellow Mama, 'Boxes' and 'There is a Lake in a Wood' in Powder Burn Flash, 'The Whittling Man' in Voluted Tales, and, of course, lest we forget, 'Tina the Dwarf Prostitute - A Love Story' - in ATON.  Can't wat for that one :)

So, time to consider myself a writer.  Get meself organised.  Maybe get a baggy cardigan or something, you know.  Or start smoking a pipe.

So all the best, my friends, for all your support this year.  You've been incredible, and I wouldn't be in a position to be typing these words without you.

Warmest regards, as always,

Ian

11 comments:

  1. Best of luck and all good wishes go to you Ian. Maybe one day your journey will bring you to this side of the pond. If it does, give me a call and we can toast one together. Happy new Year to you and yours. I wish you the best for the coming year and a success of the book. It has benn grat making your acquaintance.
    Eva

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  2. Thank you, Eva. Can't believe the amount of great friends I've made across the pond this year. And one day . . . one day I will make it. And I'm bringing a shed-load of English ale with me :)

    Have a safe new year, Eva, and warmest wishes.

    Ian

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  3. Do you know why you've had such an amazing year? Because you're a bloody good writer, that's why! That's why you get so many acceptances and so many great comments, too. I'm absolutely thrilled to bits by your success, I can't wait to read ABIDE WITH ME in full, and I'm both grateful for the support you've given me and delighted to count you as a friend. Have a blinding 2011, Ian. You deserve it!

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  4. First two words that popped into my head after I read my first story by you were Bloody Marvelous! and Brilliant! I haven't changed my mind. Happy New Year,mate.

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  5. Happy New Year, Ian and thanks for so many brilliant stories during 2010 - looking forward to many more in 2011.

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  6. It's your year, mate! http://sandraseamans.blogspot.com/2010/12/my-top-ten-of-2010.html

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  7. Happy new year, Ian. And try a cravat. Very writerly.

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  8. Hope 2011 is twice as good, sir.

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  9. I'm thinking it's time for a monocle and beret and riding trousers and a quirt.

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  10. Argument Bunny will always stand out for me. I read that in PMM and thought Damn. Jason, knows how to get those good ones. Who the heck is this guy? I adore everything about your writing, Ian and wish you the absolute best on your journey. And geez, I can't wait for your book!

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