As I write this, it is mere hours to Christmas, or Saturnalia as those of us who live in the ancient world prefer to call it.
Where did the year go?
Well in my case, it went in completing my second book and having it accepted by St Martin's Press, in having my first book released, so that I went from being an everyday writer to a Published Author, in having the foreign rights bought by Penguin, in doing my first ever book tour, in making the Google ebook bestseller list (what a shock), and in finishing a readable draft of my third book.
I've earned my nervous breakdown. But wow, what a year. I don't expect I'll ever have another like it.
Our Christmas is precisely the Roman holiday Saturnalia. Two ancient mysteries have been entitled Saturnalia: one by John Maddox Roberts and one by Lindsey Davis.
The jolly man in the red suit, however, was a Greek. Today we spell his name St Nicholas, but the original was a chap named Saint Nicolaos. Note that his name is spelled the same way as my hero. No, there's no relation between them that I know of. Nicolaos has been a common name for thousands of years. The Santa part of Santa Claus is obviously Saint. The Claus part comes from the –colaos part of Nicolaos.
So I wish you all a fantastic holiday, and may Santa Claus be good to you.