I know things have been unusually quiet here lately. Things at the day job have been very busy. The kids have been keeping us plenty busy at home. Combine those two things and as much as I’ve wanted to read, write and blog, I just have been too worn out. But I figured that at least a brief update of goings-on was warranted so that you didn’t feel like I was neglecting you.
- I’m trying to catch up on the Nebula-nominated short fiction that I have not yet read. But I got distracted and ended up reading Michael Swanwick’s “Legions in Time.” It’s his 2004 Hugo award-winning novelette. It was called out to me because it’s jumping off point was A. E. van Vogt’s “Recruiting Station,” which I discussed in Episode 33 of my Vacation in the Golden Age.
- I got the Kindle version of the March/April F&SF today which contains “The Man Who Murdered Mozart” by Robert Walton and Barry N. Malzberg. Barry told me this is his most ambitious story in 15 years. Any guess what I will be reading tonight?
- My schedule has filled up for a period of about 7 solid weeks beginning with the very last weekend in March and concluding with the Nebula weekend in mid-May. During that time, we’ll have family and friends in town on 3 separate occasions, will be attending a couple of weddings, will be flying to the L.A. area for my annual work retreat1, and of course, attend the Nebula award weekend, which I am really looking forward to.
- My sister, brother-in-law and their kids are coming to visit this weekend. That should be a lot of fun. I’m even taking half the day off on Friday.
- Because I was sick earlier in the week, I did not have my regular Wayward Time Traveler column this week. It will resume on normal schedule in two weeks.
- Tonight is a writers group night, and Kelly even said it would be a good night for me to go. Alas, I am so utterly worn out that I’d rather just stay home and get to bed early.
That’s it for now. I’m hoping that things will get back to normal here soon.
- I ordinarily look forward to this because it’s nice to get to see the rest of my team. But this year, I’m so worn out and so busy, I’d honestly rather not have to go. ↩