Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
Ben Peek

The 2nd

It's a new year.

I'd like to say I've been doing fascinating things, but the truth is I've painted my office, read a bit, wrote a bit, played video games.

2008 wasn't exactly the best year I've had. In many ways, it felt like a year to curl up and sleep through, or at least to escape. I wrote a novel, I kept Nowhere Near Savannah going for most of the year, I was self employed for the first time, I wrote a few short stories... but I feel like the end of the year was a bit slack, and I didn't do as much as I could have. I still managed to feel a bit burnt out, though, which probably points out to a shockingly small burn out threshold on my part. My hope is that this year should be a bit different, and hopefully things will start to pick up financially and career wise, but if not, well, there's always 2010.

I tell you what, though, there was one really surprising thing this year, and that was the fact that people continued to read and post about 26lies. There were the guys and girls who had it as part of a course, but there was, throughout the year, little pops of notes about the book on my google alerts notification. Most of them weren't worth mentioning, just comments that people made on message boards, and the like (there was one, oddly enough, on a Harry Potter board, which made me laugh). There wasn't a bad thing said about it, and it's this cool little buzz that the book is just moving along, being read, being shared. I watched Black Sheep come and go and disappear without any real trace and that, no matter what you (the author) think of the work, is always a harsh deal. It was a little harsher given all the circumstances around it, but for the most part, I've let it go, closed those doors, and moved on. What else is there to do? But 26lies... that little book seems to have an odd life of its own, so much so that someone--I have no idea who, but thanks--actually wrote a wikipedia page about it.

It's a strange, cool world at times, and it'll surprise you no matter how cynical you are.

So lets hope 2009 has more dead celebs, and more people reading and buying my shit, just as I write and sell more of it.

Peace, y'all.


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