Happy New Year, everybody!
All in all, while Vast and Cool and Unsympathetic was not as active as many other science fiction blogs in 2011, I'm quite pleased with how things have turned out and hope to increase my output in 2012. I hope you've enjoyed reading it, and will continue coming back here in the year to come. I wanted to start this year off on a positive note by thanking some people who have helped this blog in one way or another. Some names have been truncated to protect the innocent:
My friends JT, Kevin, Dave, Peter, Lecester, Cheryl, and Catherine.
Midnight and Toshi.
All of my other friends, who know who they are.
Dr. B and the other Kevin.
T and F.
Damon, Jay, and Elena at Boomtron, Dan, Corey, and Nick at Robot Geek, and Sam and Matt at Kuribo's Shoes.
People online who have helped me in one way or another: Jacob, Danny, Jim, Daran, TB, Jeremy, Alfonso, Keisha, the other Peter, and everybody else.
Everyone who has linked to me.
The good people at Pyr Books for using not one but two quotes from (separate) things I've written as back cover blurbs on one of their books.. Hell of a cool surprise to run into at Barnes and Noble.
The authors I've had some sort of contact with: John Meaney, Michael Z. Williamson, Tom Lloyd, Amy Sterling Casil, and especially Neal Asher and Victor Milan. And anyone I may have left out.
My beloved Unattainable Bar Chick, for her unfailing friendliness, kindness, waitressing and bartending professionalism, willingness to laugh at my stupid jokes, and Velma Dinkley/Lisa Loeb-esque hotness. You were always far nicer to me than you had to be, and were the brightest spot of my week whenever we spoke. I always knew that I would never tell you how I felt about you, but you made me wish I could have. Thank you, and best of luck with everything
And, of course, everyone who takes the time to read Vast and Cool and Unsympathetic. I tend to be pretty useless trying to express myself with spoken words when I'm face-to-face with people unless it's with people I already know well, so being able to do so through writing online is very precious to me, and so is knowing that someone is actually reading it.
Thank you all. I'm going to make 2012 Vast and Cool and Unsympathetic's best year yet.