19Dec/100

The Closing of the Year 2010

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2010. It may not have looked anything like Arthur C. Clarke’s vision, but it certainly has been memorable.

I was reminded recently by a song to celebrate the things we’ve gotten to do versus what we haven’t; dance like no one is watching, sing like no one is listening and live like it’s your last day on earth. The lyrics have actually been very comforting and came at just the right time.

My father has been on medication for Alzheimer’s for a year now and while we are still very fortunate that he remembers my mother and I, it’s been an adjustment for all of us. We also know that the worst is yet to come, so as long as he goes to sleep at night with a smile on his face and thinking he’s had a good day now, it’ll be some consolation in the future.

The day job I had for the past 5 years closed its doors and while I miss the people I worked with, we are all grateful that many of us have been able to find something in the meantime that puts food on our table. One part of the job I enjoyed immensely was pointing out all the typos my boss would send out in her e-mails. She didn’t. I did. Fortunately, I now have a new boss who I do the same thing to, so it all evens out. I know. It’s the perks!

My new employer has been extraordinarily gracious about working around my signing schedule this year and time I’ve needed with my father. Speaking of which, the Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell launch was the best one yet and folks were really awesome about chatting with my father, who loved the attention. Thank you. I also can’t thank the owners of the stores who hosted signings enough, too. Not only did I get to take trips to Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, Palm Springs, South Bend and Phoenix, but I also teamed up with fellow authors G.A. Hauser (a truly lovely human being) and Alan Chin (who just won multiple awards for his second novel, The Lonely War) for a couple of them. It’s something I hope to do again next year.

I will also be teaming up for a signing (maybe more) in 2011 with my mentor and good friend from Grand Valley State University, Dr. Milton Ford, who just released his latest novel, Philip.

One major highlight of the signings and travel in general has been connecting and reconnecting with friends like author Dorien Grey and his delightful friend, Gary, in Chicago, Nam in San Francisco, Eric in San Diego, Dr. Joey and author T.C. Blue (I don’t think we’ve missed more than a day or two texting since meeting in September) in Atlanta, Holly in Indiana, gentleman and critic extraordinaire Bob Lind in Phoenix, and many others whose names I’m embarrassed to have unintentionally omitted.

I’m also embarrassed to say that 2010 saw the dissolving of a friendship with someone I’ve known almost 16 years. The blame lies almost entirely with me, so it’s not something I’m eager to repeat in the future. For that and to this person, I am sincerely sorry.

On a more positive note, I look forward to 2011, spending time with my family, finishing the third Andy book, starting on the sequel to Gaylias, blogging more on my site (I added a blog feature on KageAlandotcom) keeping in touch with all of you, hopefully seeing many of you again and the adventures yet to come.

There is one last thing I’d like to share and I feel it’s somehow appropriate. Someone asked me during the year which book of mine is my favorite. My answer is the one I haven’t written yet. It’s the reason I look forward to each new day and the possibilities that come with them.

So with that, I wish you all a very Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hugs and warm thoughts,

Kage

ORIGINAL RESPONSES
SJD Peterson
says:
December 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm
Great Blog. Thank you for sharing it with us. I know personally how hard dealing with Alzheimer’s is. My grandmother has been battling it for nearly ten years. So hard to watch them slowly deteriorate. Your message was great. Even though you dealt with some major hardships, you still see how much you have to be thankful for.

Happy Holidays and much success in the New Year

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Kage says:
December 19, 2010 at 4:51 pm
Thank you so much for reading it and responding. I’ve been amazed at how many people have come forward with their experiences about Alzheimer’s and their family. I honestly had no idea it a part of so many lives.

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alan chin says:
December 20, 2010 at 2:22 pm
Congratulations of year of overcoming challenges, Kage, and of success. The future is bright for a man with your talent. 2011 will bring even more success to your door step. Be ready for it.
I hope 2011 brings opportunities for us to join in more signings, readings or just talking shop over coffee.
All the best to you and Ralph this holiday season and all the next year.
alan chin

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Kristoffer Gair (who formerly wrote under the pseudonym Kage Alan) is the Detroit-based author of Honor Unbound, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. The Lord Of The Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, several short stories featured in anthologies (to be combined in a forthcoming book), the novella Falling Awake (also to be re-published under his real name), and the upcoming Falling Awake II: Revenant.

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