a year of thank yous

This year has been a very strange one full of the good and bad.

It began with me penniless, owing the bank too much money, there were a few floods that ruined some of my belongings [including difficult to replace books], but then I also got engaged to the most wonderful person I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.

So I just want to take the time to thank everyone who made it possible.

I think my biggest thank you goes to Nate Tower.

Nate organised the entire fundraiser, compiled, and edited the anthology. He’s also just an awesome person.

Thank you to everyone involved in the anthology, from artwork [Ryan W Bradley] to the stories, to every single person who gave money to get me back on my feet. I really can’t thank you enough.

And! I haven’t forgotten about all of you! I still owe some people their rewards, which are horribly late, but I’ll be getting them ready and out to you as soon as I can.

Thanks to D Foy for giving me a place to sleep in New York and for being just a generally awesome person, both online and in real life. If you ever get a chance to spend time with D Foy, definitely do it. He’s smart and fearless and just a total badass with a big heart.

Thanks to Sean Doyle and Jacob Perkins for hanging out with me in New York and sharing some awesome conversations. If you’re ever in Brooklyn with nothing to do, just stop by Mellow Pages. Awesome people are there.

Immense thanks to Sarah Burton, my dear friend from Ireland, who gave me a bed when I was in New York. I never realise how much I miss seeing her every day until I get to spend some time with her again, which is far too infrequent.

Thanks to Phil Jourdan for taking a big risk on Twilight of the Wolves, which will always be a novel that few will read, and fewer will enjoy. But Phil took the chance and now I have my novel out in the world. And though it’s little loved, I think it’s the best writing I’ve ever done. Maybe ever will do. Also, Phil’s just an awesome friend and I miss hanging out with him.

Michael Seidlinger for publishing the first novel I ever wrote, Noir: A Love Story.

Thanks to Cameron Pierce and Kirsten Alene for convincing me to go to Bizarrocon, which is definitely the best convention to go to. More than that, thanks for being awesome people. Maybe two of my favorite people in the indie press community.

Big thanks to everyone who was awesome at Bizarrocon, from Carlton to Rose to Shipp, and on and on. Bizarrocon was an amazing time.

David and Rios: you two are the winds beneath my baby bird wings!

Berit Ellingsen for sharing her thoughts and words with me. She’s one of my favorite people to talk to. Always so insightful and intelligent and interesting.

Joe Owens for being a generally amazing person. He’s so unbelievably generous, enthusiastic, and just hyped on being alive. Excited to see you in Minneapolis next year!

Molly Gaudry for being Molly Gaudry, which is something the world needs more of.

Steve Erickson for validating my entire writing life by writing such a generous blurb for my novel. He’s the reason I write novels at all, the reason I pour my life into this day after day, and, to me, he’s the greatest american writer living. His kind words made so many other things worth it.

Janice Lee for being the coolest lady I met this year and for being smarter than me and better at me than most things, but never making me feel like the big dummy I am. She’s also consistently one of the funniest people on the internet, whether you realise it or not. Also, who else do I get to share so many Power Rangers stickers with?

Peter Liu for being such a positive and amazing force in the indie lit world and for being so kind and brilliant.

And Peter and Janice together made Entropy happen and asked me to be a part of it, which is awesome, because Entropy is easily one of my favorite websites, and not just because I’m a contributor there. You two are geniuses and deserve way more attention for how awesome you are.

And then, of course, Kyle Muntz who seems to read all of my fiction once I’m finished writing it and is willing to tell me if it’s terrible or not. Also, if you see me online, it’s probably because I’m talking to Kyle. Sometimes I think I talk to Kyle more than I talk to the people I live with. Kyle’s also hilarious and awesome and everyone needs a little Kyle in their life.

Probably so many more people to thank, but I’ll leave it here.

For all named and unnamed, thank you so much for this year.

I hope your 2014 was swell, and I hope 2015 is even better.

I’ll be getting married, so it’s already looking bright.

Thank you, Chelsea Michaels, for taking this silly existence I’ve had for so long and turning it into something magical.