Well, well, well--what do we have here? Why, it's a BRAND NEW YEAR! Hello, 2014!
But I would be remiss if I didn't say farewell to 2013, and took my annual look back at the Year That Was For Gregalicious. And what a YEAR it was.
It seemed like I was tired all of the time, seriously, and there was never a moment's rest for one Gregalicious. Seriously. I mean, from January on, it seemed like I was a treadmill at a very high speed just trying to hang on. Kind of like George Jetson walking Astro over the closing credits of The Jetsons, I felt like I was hanging on and screaming "PAUL! STOP THIS CRAZY THING!"
But really, what a truly amazing year it was.
Books. There were any number of jokes this past year about how I "had a new book out every week," but I can certainly concede that it actually did seem that way. There was a new Scotty recently, Baton Rouge Bingo, in addition to Lake Thirteen, Dead Housewives of New Orleans, Going Down for the Count, Anything for a Dollar , and Promises in Every Star. Not bad. I also sold a short story to Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, which should be out in 2014.
Awards. On this score, I also didn't do too badly. I got my eleventh and twelfth Lambda Award nominations, was a finalist for a Shirley Jackson Award, and won a silver medal for Outstanding Young Adult MYstery/Horror for Lake Thirteen to go with the gold I got two years ago for Sleeping Angel. Not bad, not bad at all.
World Horror Con Featuring the Bram Stoker Awards. Seriously, I had no idea what I was letting myself in for when I agreed to chair this; but despite the occasional frustrations and irritations, over all I was very pleased with how it all turned out--and really, given the size and scope of the event, the fact that there were so FEW frustrations and irritations was pretty darned amazing. The Hotel Monteleone was a dream to work with, and of course, the support of the folks with the Horror Writers Association (special shout out to Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton; y'all were absolutely AMAZING to work with) made the whole thing that much easier. There were a couple of on-site glitches and a couple of things that slipped through the cracks that caused some problems, but nothing that wasn't able to be resolved quickly and easily on sight. And what a great bunch of people! I had so much fun with the people I already knew (Rocky, Lisa, Vince Liaguno, and Michael Rowe) and all the new people I met and really liked (couldn't possibly begin to name them all). Alas, I cannot make it to Portland for 2014, but I definitely can do Atlanta in 2015, and can't wait to see everyone again.
The mystery events. Oh my word, the fun I had this year going to mystery conferences and events! Going back to the MWA board meeting in New York last January (Charlaine Harris! Michelle Gagnon! Harley Jane Kozak! Hank Philippi Ryan! Annamaria Alfieri! Dan Hale! Margery Flax! Geri Westerson! Sharon Potts! Linda Joffe Hull! And everyone else I can't think of at the moment!) to the Edgars in May (Oline Cogdill! Dana Cameron! Jess Lowry! Mary Higgins Clark! R. L. Stine! Ace Atkins! Lyndsay Faye! Louis Bayard! PJ Parrish!) to Malice Domestic right after (Laura Lippman! Harlan Coben! Sara J. Henry! Ellen Byerrum! Toni Kelner! Peter Robinson! Claire Lamb!) to Bouchercon (Rebecca Chance! Alison Gaylin! Alex Marwood! Megan Abbott! Helen Smith! Wendy Corsi Staub! Amanda Barragry!)--I can't BELIEVE how much fun I had this past year! I don't think I have laughed so long and hard as much as I have this past year. Seriously, I cannot remember any other year where I've laughed until my sides hurt and tears were pouring out of my eyes as often as I have in 2013. I know the most AMAZING people, the greatest and most talented friends!
I read some amazing books, watched some amazing television shows, and through it all, somehow managed to edit a shitload of manuscripts by amazing writers AND kept my day job. And seriously, it is such the charmed life I lead. Seriously--I have a day job I love where I make a difference in the world and in people's lives every day. I get to write and publish books and short stories. I get to edit manuscripts by really talented people. And my non-writer friends are just as amazing as my writer friends.
And of course, I get to live in New Orleans--a city I love with the man I love.
Seriously, how did I ever get so lucky?