The world didn’t end in 2012, after all. And I think good things are going to happen in 2013. Two things beckon for me on the horizon: finishing my new book, The Very White of Love, and leading the first ever commercial cruise along the maritime silk route. I am also looking forward to continue to mentor aspiring young writers from all over the world. Goethe counselled writers to ignore the babble of criticism and gossip and concentrate on what he called ” sound production.” So, here’s wishing you all a soundly productive New Year.