December 31, 2014

2014

So 2014 was a kaleidoscope, to be frank. There was so much good to counteract the bad that I was left with the sense of it being a balanced, yet colorful, year. I can wish for 2015 to be better, but I wouldn’t complain too much if it stayed on par.

I lost friends this year, chief among those being C.J. Henderson and Ray Chatterjee. C.J. was a recent acquaintance, having met him only in 2013, but he was a fun guy and a reliable face and friend to have at unfamiliar conventions. If I ever felt lost, I would amble over to the Dealer’s Room and C.J. would set me on the right course (after convincing me to buy a book or three, that is!). It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but it will when con season rolls around and I don’t see him.

Ray, though… Ray was one of my oldest con friends. I met him at my very first convention in 2005, I a neophyte author, he an old hand at breaking new authors in. We were up until 6 in the morning hanging out poolside and talking, telling great stories and generally having a blast. Ray also (without telling me at the time, and I never got a chance to repay him for this, since I only found out who did it this past summer) picked up the tab on my room the following year, which shocked me to the core. He was such a great guy, a good person, and an amazing friend. I miss him, and it hurts just remembering that I won’t see him again.

2014 was also a year filled with happiness. The books I coauthored with Eric S. Brown sold amazingly well, which allowed us to briefly hang out on the Amazon bestseller list (for about 6 hours). It still surprises me just thinking about how many people told me that they loved my books. I will always consider myself a hack author who is just in it for the money (no shame there), but just random people telling me that they liked what I wrote is enough to keep me doing it. 2015 looks to be a busy year, and I hope (in this regard) that it surpasses 2014.

So here’s to you, 2014. Rest easy.

 

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About Jason Cordova

Born in Orange, California, author Jason Cordova has written books ranging from the fantastical realms of fantasy to the militaristic side of science fiction. His latest should be out soon. Really. You should probably buy it. Check Amazon. Demand it at your local store. Pay for his kitten kibble.

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