Playing catch-up on writing tasks

The trip to L.A. threw me for more of a loop than I expected. I didn’t get any significant writing done, nor did I get much reading done. When I got back into town, we had my sister, brother-in-law and niece as guests and I spent time hanging with them. (And by the way, a big THANK YOU to Jen and my little niece for coming down here to help out Kelly while I was away. It was a huge help to us!) They have now headed home and I am playing catch-up.

I finished writing the second piece for my Wayward Time Traveler column over at SF Signal. I imagine that this piece will be appearing there in a couple of days. With that finished, I’ll be spending the bulk of this rainy afternoon reading. I have 2 more stories to go in the January 1940 issue of Astounding and one of them happens to be Part 4 of “Gray Lensman”–the 50 page conclusion to the serialized novel. I generally write my Vacation in the Golden Age posts on Sunday evening so I have a lot of reading to do in order to get that post out tonight. I’ll get it done, but I gather it will be later tonight than usual, so if folks have been poking around the site today looking for Episode 7, rest assured it is coming, but it will likely be late on the East Coast when it is finally posted.

I’ve been behind on blogging and I don’t want to lose the momentum I worked so hard to build here, so there will be more science fiction and writing-related posts this week.

And of course, there is the fiction writing, which I have got to get back into. I’ve got one complete draft of a story that needs to go through a second draft. I’ve got two other stories in the works, “Rescue” the novelette which I plan on returning to next, and “Immigrant” from which I am taking a break at the moment. I’d like to have drafts of both of these done before the end of the month, and that means putting my nose to the grindstone.

I must say that with the rainy afternoon we’re having, a trip back to the Golden Age is just the thing I need right now.

Okay, back to it. I’ll be back here later when I come up for air.