Goodbye 2012


2012 was a bril­liant year.  As a for­mer Jehovah’s Wit­ness, I believe this is the third “end of the world” I’ve sur­vived.  Any­thing else that hap­pened was just icing on the cake, but what deli­cious icing it was.

My nov­el Hap­pi­ness: How to Find It launched as a free online ser­i­al by Curios­i­ty Quills Press. I was a lit­tle con­cerned about recep­tion, since romance is a lit­tle far off from what I nor­mal­ly do. (But hey, Taran­ti­no start­ed with a romance.) The response has been over­whelm­ing pos­i­tive.  The major crit­i­cism comes from read­ers not lik­ing hav­ing to wait a week for each chap­ter. We end­ed the year at chap­ter 23.  With five weeks left, there is plen­ty of time left to jump in and read along before Hap­pi­ness goes back in the vault.

Over the sum­mer I took an amaz­ing road trip, cram­ming a life­time of expe­ri­ences into two amaz­ing weeks. Trav­el web­site has added me as a colum­nist where I’ve been shar­ing the lit­er­ary accounts of my jour­ney. My favorite piece “the road home” was select­ed as one their twelve best for 2012.

On dooms­day, I was proud to release the first part of my end of the world opus Par­adise Earth: Day Zero. Ear­ly reviews have been pos­i­tive. I’m look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a great year in 2013, get­ting the word out about this.

Prob­a­bly the best thing to hap­pen in 2012 was get­ting con­nect­ed with new peo­ple that are amaz­ing in their own ways.  I’m hap­py to be work­ing with tal­ent­ed artists on a cou­ple of com­ic projects, Pret­ty Face and The Human Wrestler. Look for those in 2013!

Real quick, I’d like to give a shout out to my best of for 2012.  My favorite nov­el was Shane Crash’s phe­nom­e­nal For­est Life. In movie land, I found Djan­go to be cap­ti­vat­ing and fun.  On tele­vi­sion, the tri­umphant return of Mad Men was most wel­comed and Game of Thrones con­tin­ues to build momen­tum. As far as music goes, I’ve been lis­ten­ing to Die Antwoord’s Ten$ion far too much.

I end this year with an opti­mism for next year and the expe­ri­ences to come with it!  I’ll see you on the oth­er side of the cal­en­dar.

¶ Despatched on Monday, December 31st, 2012 at 6:39 pm and sorted in Writing. ¶ { ReTweet }

3 Responses

Jaclyn GuilbeaultJanuary 1st, 2013 at 9:22 am

Antho­ny I only wish that I was as tal­ent­ed as you are as a writer. I read Par­adise earth in one after­noon and have reread it again. There was so very much I could iden­ti­fy in the things you wrote. Only a per­son who has been a Wit­ness can real­ly know about such things. When is the sec­ond book com­ing out, I am so excit­ed. My heart went out the df’d broth­er, he wasn;t even treat­ed as a human who also had needs. Rachel’s funer­al was like my mother’s funer­al. They spoke a lit­tle about her and then went on to preach a ser­mon. I am still enjoy­ing “hap­pi­ness”, don’t ever stop writ­ing. Peo­ple have no idea what goes on with Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es, their sto­ry has to be told. Thank you Antho­ny.


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