It was a very difficult decision to send an email to the organizers telling them in advance I was opting out, but my aim is to get back on my professional track and start kicking out more of my own titles next year. I planned to get right on it. I rolled up my sleeves to tackle my next two projects, and...
Well. Easier said than done, as it turns out. Distractions are the devil, and lately I've had my share of them.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi!
In just four days! Definitely a major distraction! How is a writer supposed to write when the anticipation (and/or dread) is so high? Please, please, please, Hollywood, don't ruin a standard in storytelling that's stood for decades--most of my lifetime, in fact--by turning out yet another glib, depressing piece of motion picture garbage. Don't do that to my beloved Star Wars. Don't you dare!
The movie trailers and previews look promising...
But, well, we've seen that before only to have the film do a big, fat belly flop.
Again, I say, don't you do to Star Wars what you've done to so many great ideas. Ruin them. I'm holding you accountable, Hollywood. Me and millions of other fans. I hope you're shaking in your boots right now. You should be!
This latest installment better darn well live up to the bar that's been set.
And we'll find out in just four days!
Taking on the 2017 SFR Galaxy Awards
Recently, Heather contacted me to see if I'd have any interest in hosting the awards for 2017, because life was just a little too full for her this year. I agreed to take the reins, at least for this next round. And so the awards will go on.
Look for the announcements to begin posting the morning of January 30th in their usually pattern--one round per hour. We also have a new judge this year, and you can meet her, as well as get re-acquainted with our returning judges, on the SFR Galaxy Awards site.
I hope you'll tune in for the festivities when they roll out in January.
Tralalalalala. It's almost Christmas! Seriously. How did that happen? Wasn't it January just last week?
I love the holidays, but they do bring their fair share of time-gobbling must-do's. Shopping, attending parties and events, decorating, wrapping, and writing out cards.
Now that I'm retired, I have no excuse not to slow down and smell the Poinsettias, so I have to allow myself the seasonal break even though it's going to cut into my writing time. After all, the holidays only come once a year, and each year, there are fewer ahead to look forward to.
Life's too short not to celebrate.
A Personal Loss
This was a very sad event indeed, so I won't go into detail and depress everyone, but suffice it to say we recently lost a long-time friend to ALS. Of all the things I'm juggling right now, this one has been the most difficult to deal with. No amount of organization or planning can "fix" the loss of a friend. No amount of holiday festivities can overcome the sadness. No recounting the memories or the good times can bring back the past.
Sometimes life is like a steamroller. It's going to flatten you as it rolls on toward the future.
There's a movie called The Village in which the residents of the small town often gather to share a big feast. Before they begin, they say a prayer.
It starts: "Thank you for the time we have been given..."
Sorry to end my blog on such a somber note, but of all the setbacks mentioned, grief has packed the biggest wallop of them all.
Thanks for stopping by. And have a great week.