Wrapping up 2013 and a shout-out to some wonderful bloggers

There are no two ways about it – 2013 has been a year to remember. Not least because my city, Wellington, was slammed by two major quakes – and thousands of aftershocks – mid-year.


High points? For me, some surprises. General book sales have dropped twenty percent and publishers have been fleeing the country. But I had a book at No. 3 on the Whitcoulls best seller list for August – where it stayed for three months. Woohoo! My Bateman Illustrated History of New Zealand also entered the charts (not quite so impressively) – and fielded awesome reviews. Yes!

As for 2014, I know what’s coming up for me, at least – and you will too, soon. Watch this space.

Wright_Whitcoulls1I’d like to thank all my regular readers and blogging friends for taking the time to visit my little corner of the blog-o-sphere, for their thoughts, and for posting such fabulous, inspiring material on their own blogs, including:

Dennis Langley– Minnesota http://langleyblog.wordpress.com/

Lemuel Lyes –  Fellow Kiwi and history geek. His blog is a truly amazing place – run, do not walk, to: http://historygeek.co.nz/

Herman Kok – South Africa http://kokkieh.wordpress.com/

Karen Huber – Florida http://kmhubersblog.com/

S. Thomas Summers – New Jersey: http://inkhammer.wordpress.com/

I’d also like to thank – among many others – Stuart Young, August McLaughlin, Janice Spina, Cymbria Wood, Piper Bayard and Jay Holmes, Roly Hermans, Bev Robitai, Pete Denton, Leslie Berry, M. Hatzel, Christina Hawthorne, Tom Burkhalter, Susie Lindau, Elizabeth Fais, Elisa Nuckle, Karen Rought, Caitlin Kelly, L. Palmer, and Susan Keirnan-Lewis.

Thank you, all, for your kind support through the year – it’s great to be able to make friends with such a diverse, talented and wonderful group of people over such a wide part of the globe.

Take care. And here’s to a fantastic 2014.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2013

Coming up: Bursting into 2014, my review of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, and more. Regular writing posts, science geekery and all the usual features begin second week January.

15 thoughts on “Wrapping up 2013 and a shout-out to some wonderful bloggers

  1. Thank you, Matthew, how very sweet of you! I love your blog and all the information I have gleaned by reading it. I will continue to stop by and support in any way I can. Thank you in return for supporting me too, my New Zealand friend! It is a pleasure to know you! Happy New Year!


  2. Thank you for writing such a consistently informative, thoughtful, and entertaining blog this year. It’s always a “must read” for me. A very Happy New Year to you.


  3. Thanks for the shout-out. It’s been tremendous fun and highly educational reading your blog as well. I’m especially looking forward to that lightspeed custard with which you’ve been teasing us. Have a great 2014.


  4. Thank you, Matt. Let’s hope 2014 has less upheaval of the Earth’s crust and more elevation of book sales. I always enjoy your insightful intellect and excellent humor. “Live long and prosper!” Okay that’s my one Trek quote for 2013! 🙂


  5. Thanks for the shout-out! I’ve been meaning to be more consistent about looking at other blogs, and I really appreciate the support you’ve given me with mine, and with my writing. Have a great 2014. 🙂


  6. Gosh, I’m honoured to get a mention – thanks Matthew! Looking forward to 2014 – it’s such a brilliant time to be a writer with all these new opportunities at our fingertips. I just have to remember to keep on punching the words out and not be distracted by shiny things – ooh, a new review on Amazon!


    1. It is indeed – this is going to be a great year. A publisher I was talking to suggested to me that with the flight of all the “big names” from Auckland, there are opportunities for others – and that’s an exciting thought. All the very best for your writing endeavours through the year!


  7. Thanks so much for including me in your list of bloggers. Indeed, I am humbled and honored. Stopping by your little corner of the world is a favorite pastime of mine. Without a doubt, yours is one of the finest blogs on the blogosphere. Of late, I have been more in the physical world than online but I am remedying that. Looking forward to exploring 2014 with you.


    1. Thank you! I very much appreciate that. Well, I have to say the same in my turn – I included your blog because you deserve it. You offer such a wonderful oasis of wisdom and calm – a philosophy that we would all do well to learn by and follow.


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