So here we are, another year.Â This one feels different for me.Â In past years, I’ve been able to look forward with a fair degree of optimism, saying fun things like “Surely no family members will die this year!”Â As 2012 gets started though, I feel pretty lost.Â I’m single and living in an apartment that still doesn’t feel like a home.Â I’m looking at a lot of big bills coming up in order to keep my car running and my cat in good health.Â
It’s funny… last week, I tried to write my top ten books of the year, only to realize that I read six books in all of 2011.Â That’s down from over 100 in 2010.Â My concentration is all over the place, and I really just need to tighten up and focus.
So that’s what I’m doing this year.Â I’m trying to focus and concentrate.Â I need to get back into the groove of things and hopefully find a way to be happy again.Â The last three years have been a study in depression, and I’m pretty fucking sick of it.
So let’s run down the good news…
Later this month, Thunderstorm Books will release my next novel, Lights Out.Â It’s brutal fun, and features 100% more vampires and prison sex than anything I’ve written previously.Â Maybe that’s a selling point, and maybe it isn’t.Â We’ll find out!
This spring, Sinister Grin Press will release Down, a novel that can best be described as “What would happen if a nineties rock band crashlanded in a forest full of really nasty things.”Â That’s your bare bones description.Â There will be more details in the coming months.
I have another zombie novel due on April 1st (seriously).Â Can’t say much about it, but I promise it will be fun.
So that keeps me busy through the first few months of the year.Â After that, I’ll be searching for a home for a crime novel of mine, working on another novel I’m currently calling Porcelain, and considering another short story collection.Â Here’s hoping it all goes well.
Happy New Year, everybody.Â Be good to each other.