Some brief updates of things going on this week and a few other random items:
- Visits to my website have been fairly steady for the past few month, when aggregated by week. But last week, for some reason, there was a fairly big overall jump (33%) and that trend seems to be continuing into this week. Not sure why that is, but it’s nice to see you all coming to visit.
- I am writing again. Early. Seriously early. I was up at 5am and wrote about 1300 words of my WIP, a novelette that I expect will be something over 10,000 words when it is finished. I’d meant to get up at 4:30am, but I got to sleep late and the cold medicine I took didn’t help with that early morning wake-up. But the writing is going well–and I think this story will be a good one.
- Yeah the cold medicine. I’m a little congested and my voice sounds a bit odd at the moment. Scott Edelman said it was a case of “convention voice” or “convention throat” or something like that. I look at it as a reminder of my enthusiasm of all of the fun I had at the Nebula’s this weekend.
- If you haven’t already seen it, I am one of the panelist on the SF Signal podcast #53 on the 2011 Hugo Best Novel Finalists, along with Patrick Hester, Karen Burnham, and John Ginsberg-Stevens.
- Doing that podcast was so much fun that I will be doing it again this week. Not an exact repeat, of course, the topic is different, but it’s an interesting one and I’ve already made my list for it.
- I have turned in my part of something else I will be involved in related to the world of SF&F. I’m not going to tell you what it is yet. For that you’ll just have to wait.
- I’ve written Part 2 of my recent 2-part time-travel piece for the Wayward Time Traveler column. Part 2 will appear next week. It will be interesting to see what people think of the list of stories I’ve come up with and what stories they’d add to the list.
- It looks like I may end up on programming at Capclave this year. That will be a lot of fun.
- On Friday and Saturday I will be up at Balticon, hanging out, sitting in on various sessions, and hoping to see some friends there. I think this is the first time I’ve ever spent two consecutive weekends at science fiction events.
- I’m almost a quarter of the way through Clash of Kings and really enjoying it; and I’m making my way through the excellent October 1940 issue of Astounding (part 2 of “Slan” and Harry Bates’ “Farewell to the Master). The next Vacation in the Golden Age episode will be out on Memorial Day.
That’s all for now. What’s keeping you busy these days?