Hello. Thanks for visiting my blog. “A blog?” you may be thinking. “Really? How very… 2003 of you.” And, if you were, you would be correct, but in this instance, I will not apologize for my tardiness (though I’m usually a bear for timeliness). I’ve thought about taking the plunge for a long time — too long, really — and been sidetracked too often while admiring friends and colleagues who are now long-established and, sometimes, moved on to other forms of interaction: Facebook, Twitter, and other more obscure social media platforms that, honestly, I cannot pretend to understand.
There is something about the blog that has always attracted me; perhaps it’s the long-form option, the ability to ramble, and, candidly, the illusion of permanence. I’m not sure if I really know. Maybe I’ll figure it out as we go along.
So why start now?
Thanks for asking. I actually have a few reasons:
1.) I have a new book coming out in a few months — a Star Trek story featuring Data called The Light Fantastic — and I thought this would be a good way to promote the work, interact with readers, and respond to comments and criticism.
2.) I am currently attempting to find an agent to represent an original novel called Kirby and the Queen Bee and I thought this might be a good place to post some additional information about the project and perhaps garner some feedback from readers. It is, as more than one person has commented, an odd book. I am currently thinking very much about how much I’m willing to change it to make it more palatable to agents, who, very understandably, are looking for a “recognizable” product, something that’s neither fish nor fowl, especially in the exciting, yet frustrating current state of fiction publishing. Discussions about that market (and the process of finding an agent) would be of great interest.
3.) To be known. This one is the hardest to explain in many ways. Without getting too precious about it, over the past year, I’ve been working with a therapist to better understand some issues — it would be a mistake to call them problems, so maybe a better word is “patterns” — that have plagued me since, oh, I don’t know… forever. One of these issues is anxiety I have about — sorry, kids, I don’t have a better word — revealing myself to others. Exposing? You see? There’s no good way to say it, is there? In any case, the point is, thanks to therapy, I’m feeling better. A lot better, really. There are things I’d like to talk about — nothing weird, don’t worry — and find out what other people think. This forum feels like a good way to do it. Or maybe not. We’ll see, won’t we?
Here are some of the things I’d like to talk about:
– (As distinct from) Publishing
– Star Trek (because, c’mon… Star Trek)
– Books, comics, movies, TV (all media I consume with varying levels of pleasure and annoyance)
– My dog
– My cats (because, c’mon, it’s the internet)
– Cooking (I cook a lot. In fact, I have to go make supper now)
– Travels (I spend a lot of time in airports these days, which, mostly, is good).
– Legos (I have a serious Lego problem)
– Other things will suggest themselves, no doubt
Before I sign off, I want to thank the nice folks from Shore Leave (www.Shore-Leave.com) for inviting me to their convention this year. I used the knowledge that they would be posting my information on their web page to motivate me to get something written here. Apologies if you visited earlier and there was nothing here. Wordpress is harder to navigate than I had expected. I’ll see what I can do about getting some of the other functionality working. I’ll take tips if anyone is willing to offer them.
Thanks for reading.