Reflecting on the Year of the Horse

It’s been ages (well, 9 months or more) since I’ve posted a news update, but believe me, plenty has been happening. Before I move onto some recent good news, I wanted to reflect on the Year of the Horse (2014).

For me, it truly was the year of moving forward, and I did it in the best possible style:

I completed my long overdue Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing through the good people at Whitireia New Zealand.

The key requirement to successfully completing my BA was to complete a novel to publishable standard. I’m proud to say that I completed my equally long overdue Yamabushi Kaidan novel, Circle of Tears, and scored the NZ equivalent of a high distinction for my efforts!

Completing my BA and my novel are two of my proudest achievements.

I also chose to return to Australia after three brilliant years in Wellington, New Zealand. It’s was tough to leave such a great job behind, and some great people, too, but the call of home was too strong. The settling in period on the east coast has been less than stellar, but we’re getting there…

Finally, I’ve been reflecting on the passing of a mate. I’ve been out of the publishing game for a number of years, and my ear to the ground is not what it used to be, so I was late in learning that Rocky Wood had passed away in December. I take some small comfort in knowing that the money raised from the Rage Against the Night anthology, which I put together specifically for Rocky, helped in some way to make his final months a little easier.

RIP Rocky, you were a true champion for the horror genre.

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