It’s that time of year again. Namely, the end of the year. That magical time when everyone scrambles to try and make as much of a dent in the resolutions list they made back at the start of this same year they’re about to wave bye-bye to. Among other things, I’m sure.

Me, I’m not really what you would call the ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ kinda guy. I made a resolution years ago never to make another resolution, and so far I’m doing a great job sticking to that.

I’m also not much of a party goer. The closest I’ve come to actually celebrating the advent of a new year was back when 2011 turned into 2012…you know, the one that seemed to turn out to be a massive bummer for many people. And not just because the whole Mayan Calender Apocalypse was a no-show, either. But, now I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, here.

Since this is the last day of 2013, I felt it was a good time to make with my customary End-Of-The-Year blog posts, which is also about as close to a New Year’s Resolution as I come. Ready? Here we go:

The biggest thing to happen this year was the little fact that I happened to fall in love again. I know, I know, that sounds far too cheeseball for to be coming from the word processor of someone who refers to himself as “Uncle NecRo”, but…yeah, that’s about the whole of it. I proposed and got engaged to my best friend. No other way of putting it, really.

Looking back, though, I think 2013 was more of a recovery period from the grand awfulness that was 2012. Started off 2013 licking my wounds and tending to my bruises, getting situated and settled in with my new lifestyle that comes with being a Type 2 diabetic and all. 2013 was definitely a year for healing, and the Holy Spirit really worked well within me. Not to mention the help that Pappa God sent in the form of Kim. She’s been a tremendous blessing.

So, while there’s not much to report on this year, I do wish to mention that, while 2013 was a recovery year, I definitely think that 2014 will be the period to get up out of my cave, dust myself off, and get back to accomplishing what I set out to do before the unpleasantness of 2012.

Also, here’s the list of the books that I read in 2013 (alphabetized by title):

24 Karat Gold Bathroom Reader (Bathroom Reader’s Institute)
The Academy (Bentley Little)
The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
The Collection (Bentley Little)
Death Instinct (Bentley Little)
Doctor Who And The Brain Of Morbius (Terrance Dicks)
Doctor Who And The Ice Warriors (Brian Hayles)
Doctor Who And The Invasion Of Time (Terrance Dicks)
Doctor Who: Peacemaker (James Swallow)
Doctor Who: Revenge Of The Judoon (Terrance Dicks)
Doctor Who: Shada (Gareth Roberts)
Doctor Who: The Coming Of The Terraphiles (Michael Moorcock)
Doctor Who: The Dalek Handbook (Steve Tribe & James Goss)
Doctor Who: The King’s Dragon (Una McCormack)
Doctor Who: The Pirate Loop (Simon Guerrier)
Doctor Who: Vanishing Point (Stephen Cole)
Doctor Who: Wishing Well (Trevor Baxendale)
Drawing Blood (Poppy Z. Brite)
Gil’s All Fright Diner (A. Lee Martinez)
His Father’s Son (Bentley Little)
His Last Bow (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
Horns (Joe Hill)
The House (Bentley Little)
The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul (Douglas Adams)
Memnoch The Devil (Anne Rice)
Mine (Robert McCammon)
The Monster Book Of Zombies (Stephen Jones [editor])
NOS4A2 (Joe Hill)
The Oxford Book Of Gothic Tales (Chris Baldick [editor])
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Susan Cain)
The Return Of Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
Star Trek: How Much For Just The Planet? (John M. Ford)
Star Wars: Dark Tide I- Onslaught (Michael A. Stackpole)
Star Wars: Star By Star (Troy Denning)
Stir Of Echoes (Richard Matheson)
Teacher’s Pet (Andrew Neiderman)
The Thief Of Always (Clive Barker)
The Valley Of Fear (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
The Waiting Room (T. M. Wright)
The Woman Next Door (T. M. Wright)

So, here’s to the end of a year that turned out to be far better than 2012 was. A few hiccups, yes, and not without its own form of drama here and there, but overall a less dark one.

Happy New Year, everybody. Now, I shall do what I always do every New Years Eve, and seal myself here in my dungeon and listen to a bunch of podcasts, or something. Maybe do a bit of reading, watch a movie…the rest of the year is my burrito, really. Cheers.