Random Musings: Catching up to a new year

We’re only two days into a new year, and I already feel hopelessly behind on so many fronts. My kids should never have given me the LEGO Lord of the Rings video game for Christmas. I’m simply too immature to resist that sort of temptation…

I’m in the midst of catching up on everything else as I write this first post of 2013, so my intended “year in review” post is going to be a whirlwind. I began The Indiscriminate Critic on September 5th of 2012, and it’s been quite the positive experience for me. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started the blog. With 55 posts under my belt now and hits from 40 different countries, I’m still not sure what I expect. It’s very much a journey for me, and one that has been worth every moment. I can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring!

Looking back over 2012, there were certainly some big highlights for me. Top among these were the three author interviews. Each of these authors was so kind and patient, and I’m very proud of the finished product.

Coming a very close second was my introduction to some fantastic self-published/indie material. I’ve tended in the past to avoid this material, but through random and sporadic blog connections I was introduced to some wonderfully engaging (and personally inspiring) material. Matt Bone’s Endless was one of my most memorable reads of 2012, and I’m hoping to have a review up soon for the equally good but radically different Ascension Point by Dan Harris. I also consider myself incredibly fortunate to have stumbled across Chris Hernandez’s Proof of Our Resolve, which will probably be in the back of my mind every time I hear about Afghanistan. I wouldn’t have even heard of these books apart from connections on this blog, and my world is a richer place for the discovery.

I was also excited to receive my first Advance Reader Copy by request (Three Graves Full). In some strange and indefinable way, that represented to me a transition between playing at blogging and joining the ranks of bloggers. It was certainly a nice feeling, and a great way to finish the year.

Looking forward to 2013, my top goal is to get in at least five more literary-minded graphic novels to round out my experimental foray into that format. Craig Thompson’s Blankets is currently sitting on my bedside table, and Santa was thoughtful enough to bring me Chris Ware’s Building Stories. And, of course, I’m planning on plenty more reviews of print and audio books. To those following my reviews and engaging in comments, you have my immense gratitude for making this blog project a worthwhile endeavour. My wishes for all the best in the new year!