What Have I Been Up To?

May 3, 2020 at 10:38 pm (Links, Reviews, writing) (, , , , , )

Content on my blog has been lacking for some time now. Aside from sharing the odd promotion or review, things have been quiet. I have had a couple of short stories published, but my writing had been mostly set aside thanks to other things in my life.  Work, family and unexpected events had left me without much creative energy to write, submit, blog or socialize, so I set things aside and promised myself I would come back when things changed and life let up a little.

I have to laugh at that idea.  Life not only did not let up, it threw a huge Covid curve ball.  Normal is a long way off – but now I feel the need to get back to doing some of the things I used to do just to restore some semblance of normalcy, no matter how little.  I may be working from home surrounded by family, and I may not be able to go swimming or play jugger, but there are things I can do.  I sent off my taxes last week.  We planted our backyard garden today, I will be catching up on overdue e-mails this week and I will be returning to a regular writing, blogging and submission schedule.

I think the hardest thing for me in all of this – and I appreciate the fact I have it easy compared to many people – is that as a serious introvert who has spent years trying to counter my nature in order to leave my house and socialize and work with people on a daily basis, the foundation I’ve built for that is failing.  Other people are desperate to leave their homes while I’m worried how hard it will be for me to go back to going into work five days a week and not stay home all weekend.  I had almost completely conquered my social anxiety but social distancing has sent it roaring back.  I’m supposed to avoid people and I’m not sure how exactly I’m going to get back to not avoiding them when this is over, years of effort suddenly reversed.  I know most extroverts won’t be able to understand that, but it is a thing.

On a positive note, I’m happy to see that some of the anthologies I have appeared in this year are doing well.  Pulp Sci-Fi from the Rock has had positive reviews.  No mention of my short story, “A Sticky Situation” yet, but praise for the anthology as a whole is out there: https://www.amazingstories.com/2020/05/clubhouse-review-pulp-science-fiction-from-the-rock-an-anthology-from-newfoundland/

I also have stories in a free ebook offering from Engen Books  – From The Rock Stars:

“With COVID-19 in full swing and the world in isolation, we thought of no better time and way to show our thanks than to offer this collection of short fiction for free during the course of the crisis, and at no more than cost for the print book. Please enjoy these stories at no cost, and we hope that the worlds they bring you to is a brighter one.” 

Lastly, among my recent acceptances/publications is a short story called “Buzzkill” that will be appearing in the animal-based apocalypse anthology Welcome to the Alpaca-lypse.  This is a fun and frightening series of tales that should be widely available soon :

The end is nigh…or is it neigh? Humans might be an apex predator, but plenty of animals have the ability to end the world as we know it. Bunnies, cats, dogs, and alpacas might all seem cute at first glance but just wait until they let loose and cause an apocalypse the likes of which you’ve never seen before.”

That lovely quirky cover art, by the way, is thanks to the efforts of Jason Meents.

So that, in a nutshell, is what I’ve been up to lately.  Now it’s time for me to go update my other pages and you’ll hopefully see me here again soon.

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