Fall is almost here

Fall is almost here

I love fall. Not for pumpkin flavored crap of all kinds or even Halloween, although I do love Halloween. I love fall because I like the cooler weather. I’m not a fan of extremes so winter and summer can suck it in my opinion. I will happily take spring and fall every time. 

My wife’s birthday is in the fall, my wedding anniversary is in the fall and our yearly vacation is usually in the fall (we don’t like to travel when everyone else does) Which brings me to my first topic today. I’ve been very busy getting ready for this years trip! We had been doing some genealogical research earlier this year and discovered that we were both much more English than either of us had thought so we’ve decided to celebrate our fifth anniversary this year in jolly ole England!

We won’t be doing many, if any of the normal tourist things while we’re there, instead we’ll be driving around (on the wrong side of the road) through a bunch of tiny little towns and some cities looking for signs of our ancestors. We have a map with a bunch of lovely churches, cemeteries, and manor houses all laid out.  It took quite a bit of time to tweak the route but it’s finally set!

I know this probably doesn’t sound like everyone’s idea as a great vacation but I love history and knowing that I had a relative a few hundred years back in that very spot adds a nice connection in my mind. We’ll also be spending a couple days with a friend that we met almost exactly five years ago on our honeymoon. We’ve been trying to find a way to get over to visit her and now we have one!

Needless to say, all this planning has kept me preoccupied and I haven’t been writing as much as I’d like. I am hoping to get the first draft of the second Strand book finished before I leave and out by the end of the year! At the very least I’m hoping to have it ready to go before the next Arisia sci fi convention in January.

I have once again been invited back to Arisia but I have no idea what panels I’ll be on, if any. I’m hoping to get as lucky as I was last year. I already have my room reserved, thankfully since the hotel seems to have sold out in under six hours. I always enjoy going to this con. Its about the only reason I would ever have for looking forward to January.

I’ve been pretty quiet on social media the last few months which is bad, considering its pretty hard to build an audience if you never post anything. I find that with the election and everything else going on lately in the world that social media tends to leave a bad taste in my mouth. Not that I ever found it particularly delicious. I still pay very close attention to facebook and twitter but find that I don’t have a lot to say that won’t start some kind of argument. Used to be that I loved a good argument but lately I just find them tiresome. It may be the lack of quality people tha I end up arguing or maybe I’m just getting old. Either way it’s not nearly as fun as it once was.

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to and if you’ve read this far you have my thanks! Now I’m going to try and get some actual work done. Enjoy the coming autumn!

Don

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