The End of the Hiatus
After a long hiatus, it’s good to be back to the blog and to my many projects in the works. The story of how and why I’m back is best left to the annals of time because it’s too serious and boring for this stage. On to the good stuff!
This year I marched further into my third decade with friends and some sparkle. The best thing about my thirties so far? Knowing what’s important and disregarding the trivial. What becomes trivial changes as you get older, too, I find.
My third visit to my friends in San Diego and to Comic Con came next. Gathering once again with my people acted as a balm for my nerdy soul. I mean, look at this brilliant cosplaying Cersei Lannister! Top moments: seeing Ronald Moore (squee!) on a panel and the Nerdist Podcast Live with Tatiana Maslany.
While I loved my library gig on the whole, this fall it was time to quit working for so many different entities and move on to whatever mysterious destiny awaits. Happily for now, my primary work is with sustainability and seafood. It tastes good.
Lois McMaster Bujold published the second novella in her fantasy series, Penric and the Shaman, which let me explore more in Bujold’s World of the Five Gods. If you’ve read any of the Five Gods books, then you’ll know that more is more.
I devoured Patricia McKillip’s Kingfisher in which knights have mobile phones and ride around in limousines. Connie Willis delighted with her madcap romantic comedy Crosstalk where the context of connection gets flipped on its head. And Peter S. Beagle made me blissfully sad with his numinous Summerlong.
The implications of a multiverse shine starkly in Nick Payne’s Constellations. My friend A.J. got me hooked on Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I’m also a newly-minted member of the Carol Corps after diving into the Captain Marvel series. On the nonfiction front, Kameron Hurley’s The Geek Feminist Revolution wins the day.
There are so many more (I've been away for a while, y'all) but those are the ones that really left a mark.
In the End
Ok, it hasn’t all been completely rosy. Along the way there have been some losses: the illness and death of my friends' loyal pet, the silence of a disloyal friend, and the inevitable career rejections that all writers face from time to time.
In Bujold's A Civil Campaign indefatigable Miles Vorkosigan hopes to successfully woo the intelligent Ekaterin, but as with most things Miles gets himself tangled in, everything goes extraordinarily pear shaped.
Miles tells Ekaterin towards the end of the novel when faced with their parting, “A very wise woman once told me — you just go on. I’ve never encountered any good advice that didn’t boil down to that, in the end.”
In the end you just go on. So that's what I aim to do.