Sorry I’m so late with this. I’ve been fighting some kind of weird virus, this time brought home by the kind, sharing efforts of #2 son. Mostly stomach, URI and ABOVE ALL extreme tiredness.
It was so bad that over the weekend (It was on the way out, but whomped me hard after I overdid it with house cleaning. So Saturday and Sunday I had brain fog and could barely stay awake. I was starting to wonder if my thyroid had gone off kilter again. However today my head is clear, though I slept late and might need a nap once this blog is up.
This week I’m teaching at Fyrecon. So if any of you guys are in the area and want to come on down…
Other things being considered, because we still have that massive hole in our finances due to the Norwegian Airlines fiasco (I will explain it, honest, probably after LC.)
One of the things you guys have asked me to do for years is publish a collection of my political essays. Beyond the fact that it’s going to be a pain (but not impossible) to collate, there’s the issue that I don’t want it on Amazon, because I am not PRIMARILY a political non-fiction writer. Or at least I don’t want to be one. (Which is why the implosion of PJ as far as payment for me is a help. It helps me refocus on what I really want to do.) So I don’t want people looking for my latest novel to trip on it. Because my books are, if not apolitical, not primarily political (I’ve been doing a re-read of Simak and realized that I still enjoy his stuff, though I disagree vehemently with the politics embedded in it.) I don’t want to turn off readers I don’t need to turn off.
Which means I don’t want it out there in Amazon.
But I still need to pay the 10k we’ve gone in debt due to the snafu. And we probably need another 10k to get through till indie picks up.
Which means… I’m going to do a book of essays and offer it for private sale here. Probably sometime in July. Probably towards the end.
I’m also going to be teaching a limited number of writing workshops, this year only. Because we need to make it through May next year, after which we should be okay (though it will probably take a couple of years to recover from the she lacking we’ve got these last two years, in terms of “it’s not a disaster, but it will cost you money to get over it.”) That too will be advertised here.
However, those things will be done with great care so as not to stop the writing, which is FINALLY going again. After all the health issues, I got into this pattern where I wrote for three or four days, something happened and I lost the thread of it, then I started again. So I have several almost-finished books.
How do I know this is not just one of those outbursts? It feels different. I actually have started day-dreaming stories in detail again. And the writing is coming easily, not like pulling teeth. I think a great part of it, is the reading of books I read while young, which I’m doing again.
And that’s the state of the writer.
Blogging will be unpredictable the next two weeks, because of Fyrecon and Liberty con, after which things should settle down a bit.
I’ve received book plates for Guardian. I’m going to get Larry to sign them this week, then I’ll sign them, and then I’ll tell you guys where to send the SASE for one, okay?
And I think that’s it. Except I might go take a nap. Because if I don’t rest a bit these next two weeks, most of July is going to be recovering from the two cons.
Eh. Things are getting incrementally better. The keyword being incremental. I wish I had the recovery times of when I was 20, but I don’t. So… I’ll try not to kill myself with work.
And now I’ll go nap and write.