Goodbye 2012


Anthony and Shane

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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