I see from postings all over the Internet that New Year’s Eve is now officially to be known as NYE. Is there nothing you people won’t abbreviate?
As ever, the year starts slowly, but that’s what the 1st of January is for, right? Recharging. That’s why it’s a public holiday. Of course, I’m in Scotland, where so much alcohol is consumed over Hogmanay that the nation also requires for the 2nd of January to be a public holiday, and has made it so. Possibly the only national holiday in the world based solely on the additional recovery time required after true excess. I, on the hand, will hopefully put the time to good use. As it happens, I don’t have much recovering to do – while I stayed up until about four in the morning, what booze I drank didn’t affect me particularly badly, and I was more or less sober when I hit the hay.
Anyway, I’m mostly dropping by because you have book tokens to spend. You can buy my books with them, by clicking the helpful Books link at the top of the page, selecting the tomes of your choice, and following the links to Amazon, Waterstones, etc. However, if you’re in the enviable position of already owning every piece of fiction I’ve ever written, can I point you in the direction of George Mann’s The Affinity Bridge? Steampunk Victoriana, gentlemen investigators for the Crown, clockwork robots, zombies, and more – it’s a very fun read, that I don’t want to wait until the end of the year to recommend to you. If you’re unconvinced, there’s a free short story / ebook available from the publisher, that should be enough to convince you. Look for The Shattered Teacup, and enjoy.