I’m now into my fourth blogging year and I don’t think I quite envisaged how much Crimepieces would take over my life when I started it in 2011. It’s still great fun to read the crime novels and I only wish there was more time in the day to fit everything in. I’m having a good catch-up over the Christmas period so expect lots of reviews in the new year.
2014 has been a very special year for me. I’ve appreciated your comments, e-mails, retweets and all the support you’ve continued to give this blog. I even managed to catch up with some of you in real life. I also know from my stats that I have lots of readers who don’t comment but come regularly to read the reviews. It’s great to know you’re out there.
A quote from one of my favourite (non-crime) writers, Ann Patchett, sums up my writing year.
Coming back is the thing that enables you to see how all the dots in your life are connected, how one decision leads you to another, how one twist of fate, good or bad, brings you to a door that later takes you to another door, which aided by several detours — long hallways and unforeseen stairwells — eventually puts you in the place you are now. Every choice lays down a trail of bread crumbs, so that when you look behind you there appears to be a very clear path that points straight to the place where you now stand. But when you look ahead there isn’t a bread crumb in sight — there are just a few shrubs, a bunch of trees, a handful of skittish woodland creatures. You glance from left to right and find no indication of which way you’re supposed to go. And so you stand there, sniffing at the wind, looking for directional clues in the growth patterns of moss, and you think, What now?
Sometimes not having any idea where we’re going works out better than we could possibly have imagined.
I’d like to wish all readers of Crimepieces a very Happy Christmas.