Irons in the fire

I’ve been fairly quiet here, on Facebook and on Twitter. There are reasons. Things are fine, I’m just very busy.

I’m getting ready for ConCarolinas. Meanwhile, the staff and I and are knocking down A&A slush and I’m doing all it takes to run an online magazine. It takes more work to run than you dream, people. Three rewrites this last week, technical issues, working with specialty consultants to fact check the science or anthropology in stories, art issues….

Add to that my list of fiction novels and shorts stories I am writing, plus non-fiction books and articles, then add basic home maintenance, various home improvement projects. It’s a very good thing I only need 6 hours of sleep a night.

Right now I am listening to a lovely rendition of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Music helps me de-stress while I work, and this is one of my favorites. I am also fond of Fat Boy Slim (techno, for those who don’t know), Sting, and various instrumental jazz artists (especially The Rippingtons).

So, things are fine, just hectic. Although I’m still pretty torn up about losing Gardner, and I’ll write a eulogy with some memories once I’ve processed that he’s really gone.