I’ve not posted for a while. Today I’m catching-up with a miscellany of stuff, good and bad.
I spent a week in the UK visiting my mother and returned depressed at the toll late-stage Alzheimer’s is having on that wonderful woman. Then I heard that my 11 year old nephew had succumbed to cancer. It was the tragic loss of a bright and cheery child, much loved by his classmates and well-known to the other residents of the small Scottish village, as demonstrated by the full church. It was a sensitive service, taking account of the age and confusion of the many young attendees. My thoughts continue to linger with his parents and younger siblings.
Grumpy Old man
I mentioned in an earlier post how the construction work on the land next to mine was disruptive to my life, my creativity and my whole universe. My neighbors tell me that the builders thought I was a grumpy old man. Me?
Yes, I complained when their trucks blocked my drive and parked on my garden. Also when they ran heavy machinery outside of legal hours (early mornings and late nights), and again when they knocked down my garden fence. Pointing-out the anti-social aspects of such behavior sounds perfectly reasonable to me. But that’s only my own perspective. Maybe I am too self-centered?
Attended my first Convention briefly last weekend – LuxCon 2015. Scores of cosplayers (people dressed as fictional characters in exotic costumes) and collectibles’ vendors, an assemblage of authors and a mass of happy attendees. A huge success for such a small host country (Luxembourg), running only its second such event. Well done, organisers, and sorry I couldn’t stick around for the whole weekend.
Next weekend, I’m attending “Dysprosium“, the 2015 event in the UK’s Eastercon series. It’s a well-established and huge affair in a massive market, so the comparison with the Luxembourg event will be interesting. I was lucky enough to score places in three of the writing workshops, so they will be the “icing on the cake” of the long weekend. I’ll also be meeting-up with my best friend from University days, whom I haven’t seen for far too long.
Ah, yes, the writing stuff… Not a lot of progress in recent weeks.
I mostly write hard-ish SciFi and wander into Fantasy at times, in my short stories. My Work-In-Progress had been a far-future SciFi series. But late in 2014, I had the urge to try my hand at a 1950’s detective mystery with hints of the paranormal. Don’t ask me why. It took over from my other projects and I really enjoyed myself, taking a break from my usual genres.
Anyway, it’s nearing completion and alpha-readers have responded well. I’ll be posting sections during April, to test for a wider reaction. I’ll announce updates as they appear.
Meanwhile, in the words of another person lost to us last month, may you all “Live Long and Prosper”.