Dec 31 2012
It’s not who we are but what we do that defines us.
— Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins
He was free, free in every way, free to behave like a fool or a machine, free to accept, free to refuse, free to equivocate; to marry, to give up the game, to drag this death weight about with him for years to come. He could do what he liked, no one had the right to advise him, there would be for him no Good or Evil unless he thought them into being.
–L’âge de raison (The Age Of Reason) (1945)
I had a good year. A good year in a good life in a good time to be alive.
I won’t get too much into the personal stuff, since I don’t particularly like going there in blogs and such — and my wife and I are not big on sharing details of our awesome life together. Suffice to say that it remains awesome, which makes it very easy for the rest of the pieces of one’s life to fall into place.
If love makes everything possible, then our passions drive us to do the things we do. What was I passionate about in 2012? A bunch of things:
Writing for business, for one. We live in a modern age of technological wizardry, which means that I get to earn my living copywriting for companies that must feed the beast that is the search-engine optimized Internet. It’s not particularly glorious, but it does require some skill and keeps me well-occupied doing stimulating work. Every week, I learn something new. I’m grateful to my clients, colleagues and partners who have helped me to achieve some quantum of success. Business was good this year and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do in 2013.
Politics is still big in my life — well, writing about politics, anyway. The Propagandist magazine is still churning out some of the best punditry out there. My admiration has only grown for those colleagues of mine who are going beyond merely publishing but are making a difference on the ground in various parts of the world. You know who you are. Confusion to our enemies.
Creative writing has been another passion these last few years. I’d experienced a bit of a setback recently, basically chucking a zombie survival story I’d been picking away at for a year and a half, while the Walking Dead takes over television land. But I’m back at it with a new story that seems like it has more legs than the original. You may see me typing away for it at the Just Write Vancouver meetup, a weekly event I would heartily recommend for fellow writers who may find themselves otherwise distracted. In the meantime, if you’d like to check out some of my fiction, I’d like to recommend A History of the Middle Eastside and The Detective vs. The Slime Monster from Outer Space — both masterpieces of genre, to be sure.
RPG Gaming, board games, card games… What can I say? I’m experiencing a kind of second childhood these days, getting into gaming like I always wanted to do as a young nerd, but which never quite happened before due to a dearth of qualified geeks in my social circle. From Savage Worlds to Zombies!!!, Munchkin, Risk and more, my free time with friends has been more fun than a barrel of monkeys (I’m told that’s also fun, but am a bit too concerned for animal welfare to try it out).
What else have I been up to? Reading. Coffee. Watching movies. Beer. A bit of travel — probably, there will be more of that in 2013. Whiskey. Budgies Burritos. All good things.
What else? I suppose in a look back on my blog (which surely must be close to Number 1 on a Top 10 list of narcissistic activities), it might be a good idea to have a bit of a roundup of my favorite posts that showed where I was at in 2012. Here goes:
- Another Day in Paradise. Living large in Maui. Cool Photos!
- A History of the Middle Eastside. Buy the eBook. A roundup of reviews for my first novel about (sort of) Jewish gangsters living in a deadly microcosm of the most screwed-up region in the world.
- The Undying Appeal Of The Walking Dead. In which I explain my fondness for the zombie genre in general and this show in particular.
- Cthulhu Reboot. The New and Improved Horror from Outer Space. Why did I write The Detective vs. The Slime Monster from Outer Space? Because H.P. Lovecraft was kind of a tool.
- The Dancing Leaf. A little everyday magic in my neighborhood.
- Thoughts On Love. Feel free to agree.
- Some Thoughts On Northern Voice 2012. Get the inside scoop.
- Prometheus Film Review. God damn this awful, awful film.
- Dude. How Much Did You Pay for That Website? Seriously? Your tax dollars at work?
- Explaining 9/11 to a Child. Or adult.
- I’m a Cold Chillin’ Free Rider. You know it, neighbor.
- For Once the Commentary is About Me. Thanks, Joseph Planta.
- Un-Friended. Again. Blaaaaarrggh. Such is life.
This used to be a political blog. Then it was a blog about blogging. Then it was an “everything I’m writing about” blog. Now it’s, well, a personal blog. What do you like about this website? What do you not like about it? Why do you keep reading?
Did you have a favorite blog post above? Let me know.
PS: Happy New Year!