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.
I’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.