It seems only fitting for this first post of 2022 to reflect on the past year and hope for the new. On this cold January day, I am still singing Auld Lang Syne, the song many English-speaking countries wail at the stroke of midnight on January 1st. It is interesting that at the beginning of a new year, we are, by singing Auld Lang Syne, lamenting the past. Auld Lang Syne means “old long since.” You can simplify that to “times long past,” and in doing so, consider the song’s meaning overall. At the beginning of the new year, we pledge to remember old friends, vow to buy them a cup of spirits and drink to times long past, and acknowledge the ephemeral that surrounds us: the hills, streams, and seas where humans travel in good times and bad. 

Lost Boys Press had a phenomenal 2021 and a lot to celebrate. The publishing company:

  • Published its second anthology, Chimera.
  • Published the literary fantasy novella, The Garden of the Golden Children
  • Published its second anthology, Not Meant for Each Other.
  • Created a dynamic team of volunteers to boost the LBP mission.
  • Launched a bookstore, newsletter, and blog.
  • Ramped up its social media presence, including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.
  • Accepted submissions for the spring 2022 anthology, Heroes.

Chad Ryan and Ashley Hutchison maneuvered and managed the work, expertly finding the best people to fill roles and targeting messaging to broaden the company’s audience. Despite a year fraught with COVID variants and political divisions, Lost Boys Press united to deliver imaginative and compelling stories for people to find magic, intrigue, and thrills to cope and endure. I raise a cup of kindness to Chad and Ashley and the rest of the volunteer team at Lost Boys Press. We traveled hills (with the help of pixie dust?) and streams and seas (On a pirate ship?), dedicated to providing the unique kind of stories and reading experiences that celebrate the indie spirit. We have much to celebrate from 2021, and plenty to look forward to in 2022.

When the clock strikes midnight on January 1, 2023, there will be new achievements to share. Lost Boys Press is working on new ways to bring creative, edgy, and sometimes emotional stories to the world. While we can’t announce these developments yet, I can say you will be sure to find the same spirit of diversity, imagination, and love of stories the Lost Boys Press team worked hard to deliver in times long past. The best way to ensure you know what is happening in 2022 in the House Built for Stories is to follow us on our social media accounts and subscribe to our newsletter, Second Star to the Write. If you are one of our auld acquaintances, share what you know about Lost Boys Press with your friends. We want to include them in our times long past in the future, right around the corner, straight on till midnight. 

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