Now that blogs are decidedly passé, I figured it’s the perfect time for me to start one. I’ve always been a late bloomer.
I sat on the fence about a personal blog for a long time (pre-Millenials like me still cling to a few vestiges of pre-internet privacy…Silly, I know). But with the crowding of Twitter and the increasingly pay-to-play Facebook model, at some point good old-fashioned blogging started to look like a good way to connect with people.
2013 was an interesting year. I went to Spain with my brother in the spring, moved to Houston in the summer, and met lots of writer friends in person at WorldCon who I’d previously only known online. I also managed to connect with a group of local SFF writers in Houston and start a local critique group.
Sounds productive, right? Not so much, actually. What I didn’t do enough of in 2013 was writing. I sold a few stories, and that’s always nice, but my actual output of work (vs. 2011 and 2012) dipped significantly, probably because of the new job / family move / life-getting-in-the-way stuff.
Now that things have settled a bit, I’ve set some modest productivity goals for 2014, which hopefully I’ll stick to, and perhaps even ratchet up a bit.
For those of you who don’t know my writing background, I published a few stories in my early twenties, but then when I decided not to pursue a career in academia I pretty much stopped writing. Fast-forward twenty years and, out of nowhere, I got the itch to write fiction again in 2011. Since then I’ve sold seven stories, and it’s been a fun journey so far. We’ll see where it goes from here.