Hello 2012!

It’s the end of the year! As someone else mentioned on Twitter earlier today, I’d hardly got used to it being 2011, let alone 2012. Clearly I am Getting Old.

Personally and professionally, 2011 has been an amazing year:

  • I signed a two-book deal with Angry Robot books and I signed with a kick-ass agent from a kick-ass agency. These two events were basically dreams come true, so for that alone, 2011 rocked.
  • I had an amazing week in New York and completely fell in love with the city. There was much sightseeing and show-going (including Daniel Radcliffe in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying); I got a personal tour of the Tor offices in the famous Flatiron building; I met my agent in person for the first time, and found myself in the slightly surreal position of describing future projects to none other than Donald Maass himself; we melted in the September heat (seriously, what was going on in September?); we had some amazing food, and I vowed to return as often as possible.
  • I went back home to New Zealand for the first time in nearly five years, and had a terrific three weeks feeling like I’d never left, thanks largely to the ability to stay connected to friends and family via the internet. Which is a good thing. Also: I ate a lot of pineapple lumps.
  • There were some terrific conventions, from the SFX Weekender in February to Alt Fiction in June and FantasyCon in September. It’s hard to pick a favourite, but I think FantasyCon edges it out – terrific organisation, massive attendance, and a glorious late summer by the seaside in Brighton. I made a lot of new friends and appeared on my first convention panels.
  • Lauren Beukes came over from South Africa twice, firstly for EasterCon and secondly en route to WorldCon via the marvellous Out of this World science fiction exhibition at the British Library. She also liked Empire State (phew!), and blurbed it alongside a collection of wonderful writers and creators.
  • I read some amazing books, some of which have joined my list of favourites – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig, Pantomine by Laura Lam, My Life As A White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland, The Five by Robert McCammon, Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs, and Version 43 by Philip Palmer.
  • This year was also a big one for music, culminating in seeing my favourite band, The Cure, perform their first three albums plus b-sides in sequence at the Royal Albert Hall. The Cure don’t play very often, and the Reflections show was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • Writing-wise, I wrote one complete manuscript (about 120,000 words), the first half of another (55,000 words), and edited and/or copyedited three more.

Phew. And no doubt I’ve forgotten a whole lot of stuff too. 2011 was epic, it was gigantic, it was fantastic.

And 2012? 2012 is going to be even bigger. I don’t really pay much attention to New Year’s Resolutions, but following in the fashion of Woody Guthrie’s New Year Rulin’s, I have some plans. Some big ones.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year! See you in 2012!

  • Misa Buckley

    All the best, Adam.

  • Awesome list, Adam! Mine was nearly as good, only without the trip to New Zealand (though I did get a short visit to California through my day-job). Looking forward to seeing you again at various UK Cons 🙂

  • Wesley Chu

    You had a wonderful and productive year, Adam. I’ve been beta-reading Pantomime and it has great potential. Will we be seeing you at ChiCon 7 this year in my back yard?