…except I don’t really feel like it. This year has been both heaven and hell in various ways. I got a day job which has made me financially stable — and it’s been eating into my ability to write. I published one book and am looking forward to two more next year… but I recently realized I’ve sold only one short story, and had none published this year — a record low since I started writing seriously. I threw a bigass party on the other side of the country, and attended a bigass party on the other side of the world — and both left me exhausted. My work has been nominated for every major award in the industry. I only won one, and I’m perfectly OK with that — “nominated for every major award” is a cool enough thing to say on its own. But it was still an emotional roller-coaster for awhile.
I’m tired, in other words, and I’m taking a vacation. I’ll be back next year, don’t worry.
In the meantime, I see other authors posting blog stats and such, so I guess I’ll do that too. I’m kind of surprised to realize there were almost 50,000 unique visitors to this site over the course of last year, 46% of which were completely new people as opposed to repeat visitors. Hiya, folks. Had no idea so many of you were out there! And here are the top blog posts of 2011 you looked at, in order by pageviews from top down:
- “Feminization” in Epic Fantasy?
- The limitations of womanhood in epic fantasy (and everywhere else, but for now, epic fantasy)
- Go@#$% Hollywood
- Dear Hollywood: How’s That Bigotry Working Out For You?
- A Brief Public Service Message
- Is There a “Rule of Three” in SFF?
- If Tolkien Were…
- Considering Colonialism
- Why is Oree Shoth Blind?
- Anime recs please!
The “feminization” post was stunningly popular — over 6000 hits at this point. And I’m leaving out things that aren’t blog posts; apparently the sample chapters of 100K and The Kingdom of Gods still get lots of hits. I also limited this to 2011, even though some older posts of mine continue to get a heavy hit-count, like this one and this one.
So by this highly informal and statistically suspect measure, you guys like it when I talk about feminism, racism, and anime/manga.
…Okay, then. Duly noted.
Have a great new year, ya’ll! I’m gonna go relax.