From Now Until Labor Day

the_ravens_banquet_250x384I didn’t realize until a few minutes ago how long it had been since I’d posted here.  I guess I’d been posting more at Gumshoes, Gats, and Gams than I realized.  Of course two of those posts are obituaries/tributes.  I still have one review I need to write over there.

Anyway, I’ve gotten a bit burned out on novels.  Probably because I’ve been juggling too many of them lately.  Having multiple formats for reading has its downside.  I’ve got a novel I need to finish,   That would be The Raven’s Banquet by Clifford Beal, a gritty historical fantasy that I’m liking a lot.

There are a couple of more novels I need to make some progress on, but for the next couple of weeks, I’m going to concentrate on short fiction.  Classes start next Monday, but I’m back in the office trying to get ready.  That means the syllabus for my class, syllabi for all the labs I’m directly in charge of, and trying to get TA assignments complete.  We don’t normally run labs the first week because there are too many logistical issues, but the semester schedule has some quirks in it that necessitate doing so.

All of which is to say that I’m not sure what my time is going to be like.  I may have large blocks free (not likely, but hey, it could happen), or I may have to read and write in quick snatches.  Which means I’ll be focusing on short fiction.

I’ve got about half a dozen anthologies/single author collections in multiple genres I’m working my way through.  Plus some short fiction venues such as Weird Tales and Heroic Fantasy Quarterly.  The last two will be finished and reviewed by Labor Day for sure.  Beyond that, I’ve learned the hard way not to make promises I might not be able to keep.

The result could very well look like feast or famine as far as posts are concerned.  I might not post anything for a week, then have four or five posts go up at my various blogs over the course of a couple of days.  It will all depend on what I’m in the mood for and how much time I actually have.

And somewhere in there, I’d like to make some progress on my own writing…


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