January 1st, 2006

It's here! It's here!

I have this theory about me and years - I think it's like Star Trek movies, where the odd-numbered ones suck, and the even-numbered rule. Right now it's a few minutes past midnight on January 1, 2006, I've had a bunch of champagne, and I'm absolutely convinced this is a cosmic rule of the universe.

2005 was not a bad year for me personally (I was healthy, endured no grotesque family drama, and was wise enough not to take a vacation, considering how my vacations invariably turn out), but career-wise it was close to a disaster. Three unwatchable films released, one short story sale (to Cemetery Dance), one non-fiction sale (to the 2nd edition of HWA's Writing Horror), and neither of those sales pays until 2006, so no writing income except for royalties and residuals. Granted, The Halloween Encyclopedia paid off nicely for a second year in a row, but I really need a steady writing income to live comfortably, and it didn't happen this year.

I was especially disappointed by the fact that my agents couldn't capitalize on my having three films released (well, okay, yeah - they were really bad films, but still...). I gave them three new spec scripts to push for me this year (The Patchwork Man, Grrlz Nite Out, and Nephilim, aka God's Darkness), and what did I get in return? Not one single meeting. Nothing. Nada. Mo yeh, as we say in Cantonese.

The most significant event for me in 2005 was the writing of my novel, Netherworld. December snuck up on me and conspired to keep me from finishing it, but January doesn't stand a chance and the first draft will be completed soon. Then there'll be a considerable amount of research polishing, one final pass, and it'll be ready to sell. I think it's original, marketable, and hugely entertaining. But what do I know? I thought Blood Angels would make a good movie. Hahahahahahahaha!!!

And I'd be lying if I said I wasn't pleased by the reception to my story "Black Mill Cove" in Dark Delicacies. It's pretty nice to be singled out in reviews, especially when you share space with the likes of Ray Bradbury, Clive Barker, Dave Schow and Roberta Lannes. Here's hoping it's not a career high, though, know what I mean?

And I'm happy to know that my man will be actively pursuing acting again in 2006. Yep, look out, Hollywood - the co-star of Army of Darkness, Extreme Prejudice and Scanner Cop is entering the ring again!

And just as I'm leaving it...