Good Bye to 2012

Well, the world didn’t end. It’s been one hell of a year, and I’ll be honest with you, at this point, I’m glad to see it go. Perhaps my perspective is skewed because although December has been fairly bad, this year has had plenty of good moments to it. It’s been a year of fits and starts, of ambition and disillusion, of joy and tragedy. And I’m just talking about my personal life, never mind the world in general or anything high minded like that.

On December 31st, though, I realize that I’ve accomplished a lot more that I thought I did. I’ve recorded original music, written over 50k words of an original novel, written over 10k words of another original novel (not counting planning documents), created a semi-original role-playing campaign based in the Dungeons and Dragons universe, run two seasons of D&D Encounters as a DM, published the beginning of a philosophical treatise that I’ve been trying to write for five years, started a writing group and this blog, and only purchased one video game the entire year.

Next month, I’ll be jumping back in with articles about writing, as well as working on editing my NaNoWriMo thriller into something more readable. This Thursday I’ll be posting about style and perspective, and next week I’ll be talking a bit about role-playing games and Star Wars (remember that one game I purchased?). Since technically it’s Monday, I’m actually getting back on schedule today with this whole “twice a week posting” thing. I’ll also be posting my Top 20 Metal Albums of the Year list on The Blackened Edge, so you can go check that out as well. On the other hand, I honestly don’t remember what books I read in 2012 (although I feel fairly confident that it wasn’t nearly as many as it ought to have been), so I won’t comment at this time on which I liked best. I don’t think that my tastes have been very discerning this year, anyway, as I have consumed copious amounts of urban fiction and young-adult dystopias. I will try to pull together some level of recommendations if people are interested. If you’re not interested, well…

All in all, I feel good about what I’ve accomplished in 2012, and I’m looking forward to 2013, if just so I can keep telling superstitious people how fortuitous it is (I don’t really believe in “luck numbers,” but at least 13 is prime). I hope that I was able to make your 2012 better with my (sporadic) comments and (limited) insights. I’ve never been one for making vast (or less than vast) resolutions on New Years, so I won’t say anything grand. One thing I do hope to accomplish (and have every indication of probable success) is to get the other members of the Salon more involved with posting on this blog. But as long as you keep reading Salon Auteur, I’ll keep writing on Mondays and Thursdays. Thank you all for reading.

Now go get drunk and have a sexy rumpus. See you next year.

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