Ho, ho, ho. Repeat to fade.

If it’s Winter Veil in Azeroth, there is no escaping the obvious. The end of the year is closing in fast, which means it is probably time to do a post of general thanks… and as 2013 has been something rather special indeed, I now ask for a moment of indulgence. It’s okay, I won’t be long.

This really has been a rather revelatory year all round.

I’d be lying if I said the last twelve months haven’t been some of the best I’ve ever experienced on the planet: I feel as if I have really found myself, and finally grasped that my love of writing covers all the words, and not just the ones associated with blogging. As a result I’m very close to being in the position of having a proper novel ready to share with the World, and I hope next year to ‘serialise’ what I’ve done on a website near here before going down the self-publishing route on Amazon. I’ll warn you now folks, it is going to raise a few eyebrows. However, I’ve always liked to play things fast and loose where I can… so don’t say I didn’t warn you. I’m working on the details now, more when I’m ready to go.

However, I most certainly wouldn’t be where I am without you guys, without your continued enthusiasm for my daily input via Twitter or the comments you provide: I would have no idea if I was any good to begin with. When a writer says they take every comment to heart, be they good or bad, they’re not joking. Feedback is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING EVER, and you’ve provided so much this year that I can confidently say that your voice has been of vital importance in my evolution as a writer. the problem comes with singling people out for particular praise, because I really don’t want to miss anyone out and I’m absolutely rubbish at making speeches. So, I will simply say the following:

That includes Retweets as well, by the way :D

I read every single comment: I replied to as many as I could, I never deleted one, and every piece of bad or good criticism has been considered. I’ve had some cracking discussions on Twitter across the year too, and I cannot than enough all of the people who’ve taken the time to involve me in discussions I often barged into uninvited. The number of retweets on some days has been staggering and although I may lapse in thanks, I’m NEVER not grateful. I have learnt a great deal not only about you guys but myself during all of this, and I will be eternally grateful for all the love that I’ve seen and been shown as a result. I’d like to make a special thank you to everyone who has had me as a guest on a Podcast this year, and to my double-digit audience for Alternative Chat, who I sincerely hope will stick with me through 2014 where I hope I can keep coming up with the goods on an (almost) weekly basis. There’s a Christmas Special coming up on Friday, and I hope I’ll see you all there.

Needless to say, I wouldn’t be here without any of you. Your continued interest is never, EVER taken for granted, and that’s never going to change. I’d like to wish you all, whatever your denomination or persuasion, a very happy and restful Winter ‘Festival’ and I hope that we’ll be doing all this stuff well into 2014 and beyond. May you find happiness, relaxation and as much cake or pie as you desire.

You can have both too. You go right ahead

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