I started this post this morning, and then changed it. And I think that exemplifies the coming year: there will be changes.
Things are changing rapidly, not only in politics and economics and the arts but also in my own life. My sons keep growing of course, and now most of them, I say without shame, are taller and stronger than I am. That’s as it should be.
But it is my writing life to which I refer. A lot has happened in the last year. My first story collection is out both in print and electronic versions, and you can find links to it here. All the individual stories within are available separately online too. More books are in the works. In addition, some of my original stories appeared in 2010 in anthologies such as “Patented DNA” (Pill Hill Press) and “Warrior Wisewoman 3” (Norilana Press) and got good reviews. I also launched this blog/website near the end of last year.
There is a lot to look forward to. Publishing is changing rapidly. The percentage of e-books sold continues to rise. More and more writers are going indie, making for a lot of mediocrity, true, but also a lot of originality and freedom.
Where will it all take us? Who can say? But the world of the arts is an exciting place to be in 2011. As traditional outlets wither, creativity finds new ways to manifest itself. If people can’t write on paper they will write on walls – digital walls, that is – or find some other way to express themselves. Let’s hope that the world of Web publishing continues to be free and continues to grow, and that many more artists find in it a vehicle in which to pursue their talents.
As far as this blog is concerned, I will continue to post about writing, parenting, literature, my travels, Greece, and so on. In addition, I’m sure new subjects will present themselves. Last year, major events happened which I could in no way foresee; this year, hopefully, will surprise us all again.
As it is said: May you live in interesting times.
Happy New Year.