When people talk about their plans for the New Year — any new year — those plans usually revolve around doing something productive or positive. Judging from ads in magazines and TV commercials, we all want to: give up white flour & sugar; do yoga daily; learn a new language; put money away for our old age or simply lose those last five pounds. Years come and years go and we rarely keep those big promises made on January 1. Well, some people make those changes for a little while. The first few weeks of January my gym is packed with “resolution-ers.” If they keep coming through the end of February, there’s a chance they might actually last, but…
Looking back at the year that’s ending is also an interesting exercise. What kind of year was 2012?
It was the year of a contentious presidential election, a year when a Hurricane/Nor’easter/Hide-Tide/Full-Moon Super-Storm hit and a year when gun violence in the U.S. reached a critical juncture that might actually cause changes in local laws and national attitudes toward guns. It was a very exciting, roller coaster of a year —wars and revolutions, climate change and fracking, insider trading and the Facebook IPO, and so much more.
For me, it was the year I e-published the second and third of my Candy’s Monsters series, joined the millions on Twitter and re-visited the Fra Angelico frescos in the Museo San Marco in Florence (the home of a mural that has haunted me for years.)
What’s coming up for 2013? More MONSTERS? Definitely. Plus a time travel/mystery story in the Times Yarns collection entitled “Cat’s Cradle” (January 2013); my cozy historical series (more on that later); non-fiction collaborations including an ebook on Green Marketing; more ghostwriting assignments; and a couple of semi-secret fiction projects.
I want 2013 to be a MONSTER of a year — a big, brave, bold and, occasionally, scary year. What kind of 2013 do you want? Tell me your plans and I hope they are for a MONSTER year too. The no-sugar, daily yoga, lose five pounds, learn Mandarin plans are all good, but the MONSTER is missing. Let’s all have a MONSTER year.