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It's Been Awhile
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It's been ten days since the last post, and the reason for the absence, bottom line, is that I'm on vacation, so not spending too much time in front of the computer screen.  But now that I've had a moment, let's see what else has been going on:

 

--"Blade Runner" went from feel-good story to Batman villain faster than you can say, "Holy spring blades, Batman!"  I know that in America you're innocent until proven guilty, but, damn...and he's in South Africa, anyway.  I truly hate it when people you root for end up being like this.  Makes you cynical, and cynicism is not something I need more of.

 

--I was the host of a meeting with a few people and my councilman, of Ward 5.  Very interesting stuff, and I seem to be the de facto secretary of this group.  No problem.  Hey, at least I'm not the leader.  Nobody wants that.

 

--Lots of personal changes around here.  You'll just have to sit and wonder about that. Or not.

 

--I got another short story published, this one my first non-genre piece, which is really exciting.  It's not completely official, so more on this in a future post.  There was a very cool compliment given along the way, too, so more on that later, as well.

 

--It finally climbed above thirty-two degrees here, so the feet of snowdrifts can melt.  Can you say "coastal flooding?"  I knew you could.  But not here (knocks on wood).  I'm perched atop a hill.  And, no, it's not because I look down on everybody.

 

--Jackson, the Wonderdog, seems to have gotten a bit better.  We'll find out for sure during the appt. on Thursday.  (Knocks on wood again.)

 

--A sad note: a member of my former (?) writer's group very suddenly passed away in his sleep a few days ago, age 62.  A very good writer of nonfiction, a la Russell Baker, and a quiet-spoken guy who apparently had done a lot of things with his life.  I didn't know him extremely well, not well enough to know if he had any health issues, but still...You just never know.

 

--On the flip side, Spring Training started, and all players have now reported.  Soon the ballplayers will waste about a month of their time so that southern cities and towns can make mucho dollars off of them.  This time of year is only necessary for veterans to get back into shape (which they should've been in already), and for rookies and mid-level players to show their stuff in hopes of making the team.  For the established stars?  Not much to do.

 

--Of course, I'd drive down there right now to just play in an intra-squad game.

 

--Walking Dead has returned, and it has not disappointed thus far.  I'm still trying to figure out how they're getting away with so much language, violence and gore on a channel that's not a pay station.  And I'm looking forward to seeing it in black-and-white.

 

--The Following isn't bad, either, though the acting and directing probably make it better than it really is.  I mean, how many times can Ryan go back into the house of a witness as that person is being attacked by someone nobody knew was a follower while the entire police department mills around uselessly outside?  This show will decline rapidly if it doesn't start showing why some people become followers of such a person to begin with.  And it's not a good sign when the scariest villain is a young woman, who sorta looks like a guy, and who weighs maybe 70 pounds while holding a 50 pound weight.

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Interesting tidbits ~

I've been wondering if the snow had sucked you in.  Exciting news on the story front, looking forward to hearing more. Sorry to read of the loss in your writing group, and hope the wonderdog continues improving (knock on wood).

Cheers

 

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Thanks for the concern, Mike!  Much appreciated.  I'll write a separate blog about the new sale, but for now suffice it to say that I got one of the best all-time compliments a writer can get.  Besides getting an agent and getting rave reviews on the published novel, of course.  Anyway, I wanted to wait until I officially signed the contract before I announced anything more concrete.

And, yeah, it was a bit of a surprise to hear about the writers group guy, though I haven't seen him more than once or twice in the past three years.  Still, I remember his good memoir writing, and his Russell Baker / Jean Shepherd writing voice.  He and his writing will be missed.

And thanks for the good wishes for Jackson.  In fact, I'm going to brave the 26 degree weather and 30+ mph winds to take him for a walk.  I didn't have time to give him one yesterday, and there's only so much a greyhound can be cooped up before he gets very restless.