Friday, October 16, 2009


September was a busy month.

I won't bore you with the details because they would bore you.

Sufficed to say, I will not be reviewing the other Douglas Adams books. I urge you to read them on your own, make up your own mind. At this point, reviewing them would just slow me down for what I want to do next. Let me get to that.

There are two posts that are in the works for sure. One is a post about my favorite band, which has reunited and is currently touring again for the first time in ten years (no St. Louis dates, suck). That will be coming soon. After that, I will write a book review. I finished Eoin Colfer's submission to the H2G2 series and have just about finished processing it enough to write about it. Expect both of those posts in the next couple of days.

I want to talk about the blog for a minute, readers. I appreciate everybody who stops by to read what I have to say, even though I may not update as frequently as you visit. I know how frustrating it is to come back to a blog you enjoy reading (and I hope you enjoy reading my blog) only to find that, once again, the deadbeat blogger hasn't updated in a day (a week, a month, several months...the list goes on). It is among the more annoying parts of the internet's culture of individualism; I am my own publisher when it comes to the blog, so I set my own deadlines and I'm very lax. Sometimes, I just get so backed up with work and other writing projects and whatever is going on in my personal life, and I neglect the blog. It's not that I don't want people stoppying by the site, it's just that it's not always at the forefront of my mind.

So, I apologize. I know I have said this before and it therefore has transitioned from reassuring to patronizing to just flat out lip service, but I will try to be more prolific on the blog.

I appreciate each individual hit I get on this site. I've been using Google Analytics for a little over a year and it always pleases me to see the number of hits I'm getting, small as they may be. It's fun to look at the map overlay and find people are visiting my blog from not just concentrated areas of family and friends, but also from places I have never been or places where I may not actually know anybody. Even if they just clicked on a link that turned up in a random search, it's nice to know I can reach people who had no idea I existed until they stumbled onto my corner of the web. I like that. And that brings me to my final point.

I have one request of you, dear readers. A small request, which will be phrased in the form of a statement of fact. I thrive on comments. Each comment I get urges me to return to the blog, clarify or enhance myself, churn out more pointless drivel for you to read while you should be working, etc. The more comments I get, the more I blog. And not just comments like, "You should blog again" or the string of comments that showed up on my last Q&A session (comments which were all in Asian characters and which I have no reason to suspect were not spam). No...thoughtful comments are great. Encouraging comments are great, too. Constructive criticism will be deleted and that person shunned. Ha! Kidding! Jokes are fun! And, well, yeah, jokes are fun. So, to run down: Comments I like include thoughtful, inspiring, encouraging, questions, constructive criticisms, suggestions for future writing projects, answers to my questions, and, um, bank account numbers w/ your mother's maiden name provided. Comments I dislike include angry criticisms, spams of any kind, suggestions that I increase the size of any of my apendages, and requests for my bank account number. You'll never get it, Mom, so stop trying.

Anyway...I hope to get a little more consistent with this blogging thing. November is coming up, and as we all know that is NaNoWriMo, and as it is the first year since 2004 that I am not enrolled in classes, I will set myself the goal of really hammering out some novel during the month of November, so you can bet I'll be easily distracted from that and probably post some musings about anything but the task at hand. So look forward to that.

Other than that, I'm all done except to say a one-day-late (as it is after midnight now, damn it all) Happy Birthday to my sister. Mo, as it is now officially the day after your birthday, you are no longer just thirty but you are in your thirties. I'm still in my twenties. But you still rock as a big sis.


mGk said...

Glad to see you back among the blogging. I have missed you. Also, thank you for the birthday wishes. I am officially in my 30's, yes. BUT that just makes me smile... I was once told your 30s are all the fun of your 20s, but with money. Bring on the money!

Molly said...

I gave you LIFE. The least you could do is give me your bank account number.