Birthdays and Death Moots

I’m about to crack on to forty tomorrow, and it’s also Death Moot day (if you’re familiar with my Death Works books, if not, go and buy them, Managing Death is all about Death Moots, and what better day to read about Death Moots, then on the 28th).

I’ve had an interesting year, not as productive as I would have liked, but necessary, I think. The books that started themselves this year (and should be finished in the next, all things working EXACTLY to plan) are some of my best work, in fact, I think the first five novels were kind of needed to get me to this point (not that I don’t love those books, and I do, I really do). I really don’t know what people are going to think about these books, but I’m enjoying the process of getting them finished, of inhabiting the spaces that they contain, pretty much more than anything else I’ve ever written. What I’m saying, somewhat arrogantly, is, if I don’t fuck them up, I think they’re going to be very, very good.

And let me also say that Diana has been very patient with me this year. I don’t know how anyone ever writes a book without the love of a very understanding partner. We’ll be working on a couple of projects together in the new year, I’ll let you know when they start to take shape. Diana has very interesting vision, and I think we’ll work well together (or bicker endlessly but cutely).

Anyway, birthday’s tomorrow, new year is in a few days, and then it’s back to the books and to writing (I’ve actually written some short stories of late, I’ll let you know when they find homes).

It’s been a great year of reading for me, some old books and new. Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad really impressed me, Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding, I adored. But the stand out for me was Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312. I was bereft on finishing it. It’s an utterly brilliant, generous novel. The perfect intelligent tour of the Solar System, and the far(ish) future psyche.

Next year I’m looking forward to Krissy Kneen’s Steeplechase – a book that I’ve read in draft, and am certain is going to be nominated for many awards. Krissy is one of the finest writers I know, and I think this book is going to be her real breakout novel. (I also work with her at Avid, but believe me, even my biases can’t exaggerate how good her new book is).

Well, this is altogether a brief old entry, but on the eve of my forties, let me wish you all a wonderful Death Moot Day, a great New Years Eve, and a transcendent 2013.


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