It’s Tuesday, even though it’s the third day of the year, not the second. I’ve put in a complaint to the Department of Wordplay Regarding Days and Numbers, but I haven’t heard back from them, and now I think it’s too late to expect that I will. Sorry. I did what I could.
Speaking of doing what I could: boy, yesterday was really pretty tough going. It was a very busy day at the office, and I was still not at 100% capacity‒far from it. I’m not really close to 100% today, frankly, though I feel a bit better than yesterday. Hopefully, my voice will improve some. I ended up having to do phone stuff a lot yesterday, and by the end I was pretty hoarse, which is (I tentatively conclude) nothing at all like being a pretty horse*. I would like to do my “podcast” about sugar sometime soon, but I need to wait until my voice is more or less back to normal.
In other news, yesterday I uploaded the whole files of Outlaw’s Mind and The Dark Fairy and the Desperado to Google Drive. I foresee a day soon when, perhaps, I’m going to adjust my commuting schedule to make it perforce include a bit more walking, and this would also make the commute last a bit longer (including the parts of it that happen on bus and train). Now, since I’ve come to the provisional conclusion that I write reasonably well using my smartphone‒I’m writing this on my phone‒I thought maybe, just maybe, I might take up one or the other of those stories during a prolonged commute, and doing that with my phone would be easier than with the laptop.
I’m conflicted about this, because I think it might take away from this daily blog posting, to which I’ve become accustomed. I think, if the commute is long enough, I might be able to do both‒write a first draft of the blog post then jump over to fiction right after that‒but I’m far from sure, and I would definitely want to eat my cake and have it, too.
If I were to start back working on one of those stories, I’d be delighted to get input from any of you out there about which one you think I should continue. I’ve asked about that before, and as I recall, I didn’t get any replies whatsoever‒certainly not here on the site**. Please, correct me if I’m wrong. I would definitely be interested in knowing if any of you have any preference, and even to know that you don’t have a specific preference, but at least have seen and recognized the question.
I’ve posted the full text (so far) of Outlaw’s Mind here on this site, in case you want to run through it and see if you think it should continue. I have not posted the text of any of DFandD here, but it’s basically a more lighthearted (for me) story about a very deadly outlaw in the old west who gets abducted by a wizard (who is trapped within his own pocket universe) and sent to find a magical being called the Dark Fairy. Together, they are persuaded to go off on a poly-versal quest to gather some magical things that will allow the wizard to escape his accidentally self-imposed confinement.
It’s a more lighthearted tale, as I said, but this is me we’re talking about, so it will have its share of dark places. I mean, one of the two main characters (the Desperado) is a gunman so dangerous that every bullet he fires is a kill. And, of course, the other main character is the Dark Fairy.
Anyway, these are tentative thoughts regarding taking up the metaphorical quill again, but I’d be interested in any of your thoughts on the matter. If I do it, I want to figure out how not to let it completely derail this blog.
And, of course, I do want to get on with doing “podcasts” or “audio blogs” or whatever I’m going to call them. I don’t mean to make the entries very long, generally, since it’s asking a lot to have people sit and listen to me blabbering about a subject of my choice for too very long. Still, presumably, in this large population of organisms on Earth, there is probably an audience for almost anything that’s done in a reasonably coherent fashion, so if you know someone you think might like such a “podcast”, when it comes out, please do consider sharing it with them. Heck, while you’re at it, if you know anyone you think might like this blog, please let them know about it.
And, of course, if you know fans of fairly dark sci-fi, fantasy, and/or horror, please let them know about my books. I would dearly love and appreciate it if more people could read them, because I think there are many who would enjoy them. But perhaps I’m biased and this is my one (willing) indulgence in self-deception.
In any case, thanks for reading. I hope you have a good Tuesday, and a good year, by and large. Don’t rely on my good wishes to make it so, though; I optimistically*** called 2020 the “year of seeing clearly”, and we all saw‒ha ha‒how that developed.
Well, most of it wasn’t really my fault. Was it?
*It’s probably because of things like that that the Wordplay Departments won’t respond to my inquiries. I give them a bad name‒like “Fauntleroy” or “Ignatius” or something similar.
**And, as I’ve said before, if you want me to see a comment or a reply, you need to put it here, on this site. I can’t promise I’ll look at Facebook or Twitter more often than I must. Both venues are far too full of the stench of primate dominance hierarchy games and would-be mating displays for me to stay too long or too often. An overcrowded monkey cage at a zoo would frankly feel more wholesome; at least the monkeys would have no delusions or pretensions of grandeur.
***Does that count as a play on words?