“For everything there is a first time,” –Spock, in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

As 2012 winds down (only about an hour left here in NYC as of writing this), it’s a good time to reflect on the year that was. And this year was full of beginnings for me. I changed schools, started on Twitter, and finished my first novel. And on the last day of the year, I get to add this website/blog to that list. But beginnings mean little if nothing follows. In a book that’s the story, but in real life things are not as simple. So while 2012 was full of these beginnings, it is my hope that in 2013 all of these will continue to develop and grow (and of course, there may be more beginnings next year). And I hope that you will join me on those journeys.

This will be a fairly short post, but I hope to put up my first major post by sometime next week, so keep an eye out.

I think an apt way to end this post about beginnings is with another quote, this one from Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time, which, in a sense, is coming to a close in just over a week as the final book next week. But as we all know, a story does not truly end when the book, or final book if it’s a series) is released, so long as people continue to read and experience the stories themselves.

“The Wheel of Time turns, and ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legends fade to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the third age by some, an Age yet to come, an age long pass, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings or endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.” (Thanks to for conveniently having all of the Wheel of Time quotes I could ever need in one place.)

Happy New Year, and may it be a good one for us all,

-Yakov Merkin

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