Even though there’s still snow on the ground and supposedly we may be getting a bit more this weekend, it is getting warmer and the sun is out longer. These are two things I am very happy about. I haven’t updated here in a bit because with all the snow and crappy weather came a lot of misery and just plain hating everything.
On the plus side I was accepted and am now a proud member of the SFWA which is the science fiction/fantasy writers of America and I’m hoping that will help learn me some shit I didn’t know, introduce me to some new people and open some doors as to what I should be doing to further my wonderful chosen vocation.
I have been writing the new Strand book and it looks like it’s going to be lots of fun (if I don’t screw it up along the way) and I’ve also been working on a travel section, on this very site, with tips and stories from the places I’ve gotten to go in the last few years. Hopefully the number of places I get to go will increase over time so that I never run out of stories to tell.
I’ve come to the conclusion that travel is my newest addiction. I love learning about new and different places and then try and figure out a way to get to see them in person sometime before I die. This years trip looks to be a cruise up the Northeast coast which will get me into a couple of very cool cities in Canada (St. John and Halifax to be exact) but that’s not happening until later in the year. I’m hoping for a couple shorter road trips to tide me over until then.
Other than that I’m just writing writing writing and hoping that some of it doesn’t suck.
Back to work with me,
The last week or so has found me being very socially active, which is a large departure from the way my life had been for the past few years. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy seeing and talking to my friends. It just seems that the last few years I haven’t had a lot of time or money to go out very often. That, coupled with the fact that as we get older we tend to get busier with things and getting together with friends usually tends to be one of the first things to fall to the wayside.
I think what made this last week odd, to me, was that the people I was spending time with were friends from between 15 and 20 years ago. I don’t mean I’ve known them that long, I mean I haven’t seen or heard from some of them, in that long. It was very nice and a lot of fun catching up with my old friends and in some cases it took me straight back to when we were in school together and we just picked up where we left off. In other cases it was a bit different. I didn’t slip back into the old ways, since the old ways were not the most beneficial of things for my mental health. After spending some time chatting with this person, I smiled to myself and noticed that I felt no desire to go back to that part of my life for any length of time.
This all comes at an interesting time for me. My 40th birthday is in two weeks and I’ve been thinking about getting old a lot now, since according to most I am. To be honest though, I don’t really feel old and my life these days is so very much better than it was in my 20’s and 30’s. It was pretty fun though to spend an evening going by all the spots that we hung out at when we were in school. Back then, we worried about cops because they might find the beer (or other things) in my car. Now, we were worried about cops because three old men in a car, hanging out in the high school parking lot at 10 pm, looks REALLY SKETCHY!
I spent a great night cruising the town with the kid on the far left and the one in the very back. Oh and in case you didn’t already know I’m the floating head in the middle!
Enjoy your weekend all! Back to work with me,