Well, to kick it off with a bang, I have to turn in the manuscript follow up to Alchemystic, which will be book two in the Spellmason Chronicles. Around late February, I’ll get editorial notes back on it from my editor, fix those, then rewrite a bit in March. In the meantime, I’m trying to put some time into a yet unsold Dickensian young adult steampunk Iron Man sort of book. I’m already tired just typing that.
Because I’ve been watching a lot of Doctor Who this year, I’ve been a bit preoccupied with time travel. So Stephen King’s 11/22/63 was really excellent reading. I may have wept a little. On a more humorous but similar bent, I was also a fan of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which is geekily awesome. It covers all kinds of stuff like Terminator, Back to the Future, Doctor Who, Bill & Ted. I’ve also been binge reading a lot of The Walking Dead graphic novels to keep ahead of the show, not that they’re exactly the same. Highly recommend them all.
Oh, man.. there’s so much, but if I have to narrow it down to one holiday Kryptonite for me, I have to say it’s peppermint bark. When that hits the shelves, it’s over! My favorite is made my Ghiradelli, and it is ridiculously sinfully good!
I only heard of this modern song in the last year, but it’s got quite a reputation already. I believe it’s called Christmas Shoes… and I’ve blocked most of its offense from my brain at this point. Now I just get a cold shiver up my spine when I speak of it versus wanting to shove knitting needles in my ears.
Not that I’m super religious, but I used to enjoy going to a midnight mass. Something so tranquil about going to church at midnight… very centering. The one tradition I HAVE to do when I go up the Berkshires to see my family is go out on Christmas eve, drive around with the holiday music cranked and check out all the light displays all around the region. I mean, we’ve got Norman Rockwell’s famous Stockbridge at Christmas paintings to live up to, so I find this a tradition I always try to do. Also, on Christmas Eve day, we always go out for Polynesian because it’s one of the few places up there that’s open. Scorpion Bowls for the drunken win!
One year my father and I both got matching Statue of Liberty Commemorative knives, with gold plating, from his father. Kind of a Franklin Mint issued sort of thing… they gave us a good laugh, and then when the gold plated Lady Libery pieces fell off both of ours, we laughed even harder
Embarrassingly, I’m going to admit that yes, I have given copies of my books to people as gifts for the holiday.
We used to have HUGE holiday gatherings with much of extended family that don’t really happen anymore, and I have vivid memories of myself at 10 and my cousin at 8 flying the Millennium Falcon around chasing our toy AT-AT’s through the parties. Also, I remember getting a Muppet drum set with Animal on the kick drum that I lost my mind over.
I have un unhealthy obsession with the Mighty, Mighty Bosstones, since like 1991 when they were just a local Mass band. I’ve been to tons of show, as recent as two months ago (they get together a few times a year). Tons of shows, tons of t-shirts, all the albums, rare singles… I love something about their ska with horns style…. I even have a regular fiction book loosely based on them that I need to get back to one of these days.
Hmmm… my office is filled with the most random assortment of action figures or fast food toys, but the think I can’t help collect is a new set of Dungeons & Dragons dice every time I go to a convention where they are sold. My Crown Royal bag of them runneth over. Oh, also, I keep a box of blood sample slides in a long wooden box to keep track of all my victims. Wait.. can I change that one?
Giveaway Details: Anton is giving away a copy of Alchemystic & Dead To Me to one lucky winner. Just tell Anton what the worst gift you ever gave away was!