It’s the last week of the semester before finals, a.k.a. Hell Week (in the Writing Center, where I work). It’s the point in the semester that every instructor knows. That point when students suddenly go “Holy Crap! I’m failing this class but I need to get a C!” So, to say we’re inundated for tutoring is an understatement. And the brain’s fried after leaving.
Still plodding along on two or three personal projects, and have a non-fiction research project on the back burner. Hopefully, there will be considerable progress on all 3-4 during the six weeks of unpaid, mandatory vacation. But, I found out I’m teaching two classes this Spring, after five years off, so there’s some prep to get done too.
Over the next couple weeks, I’m shutting down a blog that I created as a fiction blog. I’m moving all the posted pieces over here, so there will be a lot of old pieces I’ve written over the last 20-ish years showing up here shortly.
With the last of the Codex material posted, I now need to generate content again. 🙂
There is a project I’m working on, but as it’s handwritten (my preferred for fiction), it’s not exactly postable.
So, I’ll open this up to the hive mind. Are there any questions or is there anything you’d like to see my take on covering:
– Writing (fiction or non-)
– Fantasy (written or film)
– Sci-Fi (written or film)
– Education (post-secondary)
– History (pre-17th century)
– Gaming (Tabletop RPGs; I’m a bit behind, but still follow such things)
– Magic (historical or genre)
– Anything else interesting
I decided to try out a Patreon account and see what happens. So, if you’re interested in putting a bit of funding in play to ensure more regular new content updates here, help with the blog-to-book conversion, or just help me do more interesting writing and less resume writing, please consider a small pledge.
I had a thought last night and started some preliminary exploration this morning.
I’ve found that over the last four years of maintaining this blog, I have written over 24,300 words about world building and the F/UF/SF genres. Combined with the roughly 20 posts I broadly conceived of in the last week or two . . . I’m seriously considering revising the 43 relevant posts and the upcoming 20-ish into something resembling a book.
I’m also considering setting up a Patreon account, to fund more writing time (that isn’t one of my 2.5 jobs – tutoring, resume writing, and freelance editing).
After the little question a short while back, I’ve been thinking. So, to keep myself on track, and get some outlining, here are some of the “Genre Thoughts” I’ve thought up to work on in the coming year:
1) Protagonists (Number of)
2) Magic Items (probably 4 post series)
3) Lifespans (non-human and extending)
4) Fantasy/UF Species Revisited (detailed; probably 10 post series covering “classic” and less common species)
I spent a bit of time skimming the stats on previous posts and have come to a conclusion: it appears that my mini-series on magic and worldbuild elements have been among my most popular posts to date (in views and likes), followed by musings on genre.
So, I thought I’d toss this out there:
Is there anything that you, my small group of readers, are interested in seeing me post about in the coming month or year?