Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
Ben Peek

The Year of 2011

Around this time in the year, everyone is writing about the things they liked in the year, and for some reason, when I look back over the year, I struggle to remember what I read, what I heard, what I saw. I mean, there was a fair bit, but there could always be more. I read some Asimov for the first time. I read some more Shirley Jackson. I read Iain Pears for the first time. I read more Borges. I read Steven Erikson's series, well, at least four books of it. That was like reading eight or nine novels, I guess. I read some Zane Grey for the first time. There was Michael Ondaatje. And Lydia Millet. I am currently reading Haruki Murakami's new novel and feeling underwhelmed.

After that, it's all a bit hazy.

What was this year?

What was the last?

Writing wise, Above/Below was published, I lost an agent, I sold a short story collection, a couple of short stories were published, and I worked quietly on my novel. It felt like the first year since 2009 that I was getting myself back onto track, though I have been aware that I am becoming more and more quiet in the writing scene and I need to do a bit more work on that side so I don't become a complete hermit. But there feels like there is only so many hours in the day, sometimes, and teaching and writing take up a lot, and my past with the local scene is a mixed bag, while the start of this year burnt me a bit, but what can you do, huh?

In other news, my girlfriend moved in last week, and we have been busy building a darkroom and re-organising. It's really quite surprising the things you accumulate when you live by yourself, and the things you have ignored, and which your partner spots right away.

Life: it moves along, regardless of whatever you intend.

Next year, more of everything.

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