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My 2014 retrospective

My 2014 retrospective

We are weeks away from 2015 and I feel like writing my recap right now instead of waiting on Jan 1st.

2014’s been extremely good with only one brief period of economic uncertainty that quickly resolved itself so well, I almost forgot it happened at all.

First of all, I joined the Chinatown YMCA to get my health back on track. Love it. I fucking love it. It’s not your regular jock/hipster/douchebag (whatever they’re called these days) gym. It’s the perfect mix of all things urban from the poor to the rich, from the bike courier to the office worker, artist, and Chinese old ladies that live in the buildings around. (Love them!!!)

I received a prize for “A Teenage Suicide” at the Expozine Independent Book Awards (awarded in 2014 for the 2013 edition.) So that felt good.

I completed my next novel, Grand Trunk and Shearer, that is currently in the talented hands of my editor (and generally good guy, Benoit Lelievre). It’s probably my best work so far and it’s just been fun to write.

In personal news, my second daughter was born on Nov. 14th, 2014 to the lovely name of D’Arcy Ann. She almost sleeps all her nights, and I mean we get to sleep 2 out of 3 nights and it’s improving. It’s going so fucking well.

In non-writing related endeavours, I started painting last Christmas and had my first solo show in August. It sold pretty well, in fact, I made more money from my art (in my lifetime) than from writing, go figure?!?

I also wrote and recorded my own solo songs for an upcoming project that may or may not work out. I don’t care, I’m just glad to have recorded them, even if I’d be the only one to listen to them.

In 2015, I’d like the housing market to dive just enough so I can get buy a home for my (growing) family. My wife already has her contracts set for the year, so it’s all coming down to me to A)get represented/published for Grand Trunk and Shearer or get out there and promote the fuck out of it myself while self-publishing. At this point, I’m working both plans in parallel and looking to see which one comes on top.

I’d also like to finish my first full length, shootable movie script. I’ve been putting it aside for long enough now. (Titled “Poly.”)

Keep working on “Kilo”, a graphic novel with my spouse, and “Crass” my next novel.

As for the rest : keep painting, get some riffs here and there. Translate on my down time. Keep making good food. Keep the ball rolling.

In cultural highlights for the year : Discovered Lana Del Rey…half the album is good, the other is filler, but the half that’s good is REALLY good. Discovered SUPERMACHINER, loved it, BOSSK too. Read some Lehane, Murakami and Bukowski, bought Becky Cloonan’s anthology. Tried to read some more Nietzsche, but can’t do it anymore. I read too much of the stuff in College, I just want to have fun these days.As for TV/movies, I’ve been BLOWN away by “Newsroom”. Fucking loved it.

That’s pretty much it for now

Take care,

Ian