If you think year-end blogs are the pits to read you should try writing one every year.
But I digress.
But 2012 had some great changes for your humble blogger. Of course the first (and largest) being the publication of my novel, Shirts and Skins. Of which, longtime readers will remember that I discussed writing the thing… shall we say “ad nauseum”?
And in February I went for the book jacket photo shoot.
An exciting moment in the life of an author to be sure. Though I don’t want to do it again… and will use the same photo for the next five books if I can get away with it.
Alice Munro used the same photo for like twenty-five years.
As I edited the novel for the final times, I also had the exiting moment when an author sees his book cover for the first time.
And on July 16, 2012, it was finally published…
And in a surprising turn… it seemed that folks liked it. I mean they really liked it! Who would have thought that a story about a sexually confused boy from an industrial city in Canada would connect with people from all over the world.
But connect it did!
Of course that is not the end when one publishes a book. In fact in many ways, it’s just the beginning. My first review was excellent and I did my first bookstore reading at Glad Day Bookstore in Toronto and then another reading/signing in my hometown of Hamilton.
Later I did a number of radio shows and an interview with Huffington Post with fellow author Kergan Edward-Stout.
And then – quite unexpectedly I assure you – for a time I was number three on Amazon Canada in Gay and Lesbian books.
Yes, I’m on top of Jeanette Winterson.
But enough already about my book.
Spring came early again to Toronto. In March we hit 77 degrees and your humble blogger sat himself on a cafe chair and pretty much stayed there until October.
It got so hot in Toronto in 2012, your humble blogger even looked at (took a peek) at Toronto’s only clothing optional beach.
The things I do for my readers!
Though The Husband and I spent most of our time close to home this year – not so for 2013, by the way – in August 2012 we did get to New York City for a long weekend where The Gay Groom was lucky to see gay icon – and sexy bugger – Ricky Martin in Evita.
But I digress again.
When September rolled around, I met up with the first guy your humble blogger ever… well you know. It turned out to be quiet a sweet moment… though the Gay Groom has never done ‘sweet’ as well as some others out there.
Also in September, I did a turn volunteering with AIDS Council of Toronto for their Fashion Cares 25 Event.
Yes, I met Elton John.
In October, the Husband and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary. And doesn’t everyone know that the third wedding anniversary is the leather anniversary?
That’s actually true…
And we can hardly go past November without discussing one of the most important moments that affected all of us…
Now THAT was a great night!
In December I returned to my hometown of Hamilton for a second signing… and we sold out of copies of Shirts and Skins.
Not a bad day at all!
And before you knew it the year was almost over and the Xmas season was here again.
Wait… did I mention the Ikea Money?
Now back to Xmas…
Note to spouses of any persuasion (be they gay or straight): giving a frying pan for Xmas is really not the best gift idea.
In fact the Husband will be hearing about it for the next twelve months.
So that was 2012 in a nutshell. And what’s on tap for 2013? A lot! But you will have to wait for another blog…
Have a safe and prosperous 2013!
Jeffrey, The Gay Groom