PostHeaderIconWeek of 11 - 17 March 2017

Week of 11 - 17 March 2017


Welcome to my weekly update. Lots going on this week: New Rule of Five Quarterly, new book review column, continuing prep work on A Cosmos of Many Mansions, and all the usual stuff.

This Week

Major Project: 

We have a tie this week for "major project."

I got the ebook versions of Rule of Five Quarterly #2 together and out to our Patreon supporters. This time around went much smoother than the first Quarterly, mainly because I now have templates for the cover, and the proper presets for the ebooks. It was just a matter of pulling the graphics and text from the online episodes and plopping them down in the right places.

Getting the new Quarterly out on Amazon is one of next week's projects; I'll keep you posted. 

I also finished up and submitted my Analog column for the July/August 2017 issue. You'd think this would be a matter of plugging in pre-written reviews for the books I choose, but it's more than that. While I do keep notes as I read and even write draft reviews ahead of time, I think each column is a more coherent whole if I do it beginning-to-end as a complete thing. Which means several days of plugging away, researching last-minute stuff, and revising. (About last-minute research: Now that we're on a six-issues-per-year schedule, it can be up to almost two months between the time I read a book and write the column; I have to make sure nothing's changed in that period.)

It's great fun, but also a lot of work.

Other Project(s): 

I continued on the final edit of A Cosmos of Many Mansions, which I hope will be available by the end of next week.

I kept up scanning books, working on my Legion of Super-Heroes site, and some more background work for Seven-Eighths Below the Line.

On Friday, Thomas and I went with my childhood friend Mike Burns to Mutiny for "St. Pirate's Day" festivities. Eventually Mike's daughters joined us. With Thomas as designated driver, Mike and I got totally wasted. A grand time was had by all.


Upcoming Appearance(s): 

Obligatory Cute Hamster Picture

Currently Reading


When I was preparing for retirement, one bit of advice that made sense to me was to plan some sort of structure to one's days and weeks. So in addition to various writing projects, I made a conscious effort to establish a few longer-term projects with weekly or daily goals.

Since my retirement began in July, some of these have worked out well (scanning books, updating my LSH site, working on PR). I've been less diligent about others (clean/organize, scan old paperwork). By and large, though, I've been pleased with my results.

One of my weekly projects/goals is what I labeled "friendship/social." While I was working for the library, most of my time and energy went to work and writing projects—what was left over for friends and social events was never as much as I wanted. This is complicated by the fact that I'm an introvert: being social depletes my energy, rather than replenishing it.

Now I'm making it a point to connect with people more regularly, and also less on a wholesale level (i.e. in large group events rather than individuals or small groups). Thomas and I have been doing dinners and such with friends, that sort of thing.

I guess the point of this whole dreary monolog is this: I consider events like the St. Pirate's Day festivities to be as important a project as the Quarterly or the Analog column. For a long time, the joys of friendship tended to get short shrift in my life; in this new phase, I'm determined not to have the same thing happen.

Treasure the people you love, and make time for them. It's more than worth the effort.

Also Recommended: 
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series
  • The Stunt Man

Thanks to

Elizabeth McCoy