As we approach the end of an eventful year, and the start of a new that promises a number of big things in the near future, I could make the standard wish to you all of success, health and comfort, but I thought I’d post a little reminder of what is most important of all:
The Greatest of These
There is no force upon the earth
That can outweigh the gift of love;
No wealth or situation
That can outbid its worth;
No jewel in all its glory
No title, honour, place
That can outshine the smile that spreads
Across your loved one’s face.
While victories are powerful joys
And justice plays its part
None can match devotion
From an honest human heart.
So dance and laugh and celebrate,
Savour and appreciate,
Stand, salute, commemorate
Console and commiserate
With those you choose to love.
I have been somewhat snowed under with work, so haven’t written a new year’s poem this year. I would like to take this opportunity to look back on the past solar cycle.
This year has seen a lot of changes in my writing career, though it still feels like it’s just the beginning. In this year alone, the number of books I’m listed as an author of at amazon has tripled from 3 to 9 (though seven of that total are Sci Phi Journal instalments of Beyond the Mist), I’m now officially an editor of the journal and a regular contributor to superversivesf, which has put me in contact with a number of highly talented writers who treat me as a peer, which still feels odd to me. I’ve released a poetry collection and am well on the way to preparing another (though I think it still needs a few more poems, so that will probably be ready around the end of March), and have had a poem published by the society of Classical poets (we’ll see how I did in their contest at the end of January).
Looking forward, Sci Phi Journal is transitioning to its new format on the 4th of January, where I have an article appearing in January as well as continuing as an editor and Beyond the Mist is about to be released as a standalone novel, with a foreword by the ever awesome John C. Wright. The scheduled release date for that is the 7th of January.
Beyond that, who knows what lies in store?
A calendar completes its course, it’s cycle ends this day,
People see this as a chance to live a different way.
But opportunities for transformation come each hour,
Not just when fireworks fly and great bells ring from every tower.
Every waking moment we have space to turn around
Reevaluate our goals and aim for higher ground
Through willpower freer than the chains of our own circumstance,
We can change the style and aims of our own journey’s dance.
Repentance quite literally means that you change your mind;
Transform the way you think and value every end and kind.
This precious gift from upon high to reverse our decay
And key to free us from the debt we never could repay.