Posts have been few and far between lately. I’m teaching a class during the first summer session that will end next Saturday. Things should pick up somewhat after that. We’ve got a family vacation planned later in the summer, but I think I can work around that. The class I’m teaching isn’t divided into traditional lecture and lab sections. Rather, it’s an inquiry-based format, meaning its hands-on and interactive. Or to put it another way, I have to teach it all rather than letting a TA cover the traditional labs. Rewarding, because I get to know the students better than I do with a large lecture hall; frustrating and tiring because it’s so time consuming.
I’ve got a few titles in the queue for review that I”m doing because I’ve been asked to. After that, I’ll probably not do too many for a while, although there will be a few exceptions, mainly for friends. For the most part, any reviews I post going forward will be because I would have read it anyway.
Which begs a question. I’ve been reading a lot more short fiction these days, when I have time to read, that is. I’ve got half a dozen active anthologies going, but I’m not reading any of them straight through. By the time I’m done with one, months could have passed. Details of the first stories have faded. So the question is:
Should I post about individual stories or not? This is a serious question; any thoughts you have would be appreciated.
Most of my reading this past semester that’s been for fun (as opposed to by request) has been older stuff. There’s very little new fantasy or science fiction that appeals to me, especially at novel length, that’s coming out of the big publishing houses. Small publishers and indie press titles being excepted, of course. So look for a lot more pulp related posts and reviews of older titles that have been out for a while, “a while” being defined as a few years to decades. I’ve been REH deficient lately. It’s like a vitamin deficiency, only worse.
That’s what I’ve been up to. What about ya’ll?