I don’t know if anyone reads this blog anymore that isn’t also friends with me on Twitter or Facebook. Despite my best efforts to switch back to more blogging, what I have found is that social networks give a sense of more immediate feedback and connectivity than blogging does. You blog something and it just seems to disappear into the void that is the net.
With Twitter and Facebook, feedback is near spontaneous. Only problem is, you can’t share as much. But then, we’re all pressed for time, with more things demanding our attention than ever before, so maybe there’s a certain arrogance in expecting anyone to read a blog post that is more than 140 characters in length. Better make it valuable, then. Or at least short.
I’m going with short.
Personal life updates: we’re buying a house next week. It’s a nice turn of the century number with a lot of charm in a quiet little Lawrence, Kansas neighborhood. We’re really looking forward to restoring the original character to it and growing a big vegetable garden in the yard. We’re nervous about the added expense, but it seems time to put down roots again. Lawrence is a lovely little town full of interesting people. July is going to be a very hectic and scary month, I’m afraid, but it will be worth it.
Business has been great this year, and continues to be good. I’ve got various projects lining up to take me through to the end of the summer right now. If you’re looking to have me tackle a project for you, please contact me about it as soon as you can, as my calendar continues to fill up quickly. /shill
On the writing front, I have even more good news. I sold a story, “In the Dying Light, We Saw A Shape,” to Lightspeed Magazine. I’ll be sure to post here when it comes out. I think you will enjoy it.
The story went through numerous drafts and was one of my workshop pieces for the James Gunn short fiction workshop run by Chris McKitterick and James Gunn, with guest instructor Andy Duncan. Overall, I learned a lot from my two weeks in the workshop. I highly recommend you attend if you’ve been considering it.
It’s been a busy and productive summer. I hope yours is going well.