Readercon Post-Mortem and Why Don’t I Blog More


Had a great time at Readercon. It was fantastic to renew a bunch of acquaintances and to meet a whole bunch of new faces. It was fun, it was social, and best of all I’m back at home now feeling much more optimistic about my novel. This book (which I’m setting in the “Yellow Card Man” universe) has been a huge project for me over the last nine months. I was sort of losing heart with it when I went out to Readercon and now I’ve actually got some faith again. Which is great. Absolutely great. The dark clouds have lifted.

Which leads me to the second thing I wanted to let people know about (Hi Shara :-)) . Basically, the book is the reason I’m not blogging much right now. I’ve found that I can pour a huge amount of effort into writing something on the blog and while I like it, and it’s great fun, and it’s wonderfully renewing to be in contact with other people who care about books and writing as much as I do, it also ends up being a process of triage in deciding between whether I blog, or write on my novel, or actually talk with my wife or hang out with my son. So I’ve cut back pretty precipitously on posting so that I can keep my relationship afloat and finish this godawful book. I’m not gone, exactly, but I’m definitely more focused on other things.

This makes me sad in some ways, because I really enjoy the community of people both here on the blog, and around the web, but I’m terrible at multi-tasking. Apparently, I will never be the energy-monkey that someone like John Scalzi is even though I really wish I were (and in occasional fits of megalomania, fantasize that I am). So, I’m still planning on posting here, but I just thought I’d let people know why I seem so absent.

In another three months, I’m hoping things will be different and I’ll be able to resurface again. Cheers!