Happy New Year, dear blog readers!
This is the first post of the year 2010. It is also the first year I've decided to do a "State of the Blog" address, similar to "State of the Union"(though I can hardly compare myself to the President of the US). 2009 has been an interesting year. While writing my Great Medieval Science Fiction Masterpiece With Neandertals, I've also been writing book reviews. These have mainly been mysteries, historical or otherwise, but they are all related, in some way, to what I'm doing(though I'm not writing a mystery. I wouldn't have any idea of how to go about it). These mysteries have been quite good, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them, and this is reflected in the reviews I've done. It's a bit odd, because while I'm writing a work of "romantic science fiction"(for lack of a better term), I haven's seen any fantasy or science fiction that I considered worth reviewing. I think this is too bad, but I am looking forward to the possibility that this will change as 2010 rolls along. I am not neglecting anything that looks good, and there were plenty of mysteries and historical fiction I didn't review, either. I just didn't consider these interesting enough(to me) to make the effort of reviewing them.
I hope, though,that the authors were satisfied with my efforts. I have also become a guest blogger and have acquired "followers", which pleases me. I'm always happy when someone thinks my blog posts are interesting enough to follow and/or comment on. During 2009, I also added the subject of wolves to the subjects I cover on this blog. The reason for that is, although wolves don't appear in my Great Medieval Science Fiction Masterpiece(s) With Neandertals, they appear in some other works that I have waiting to be finished, and they're an important part of the "scenery" in those places(hint: these take place partly in a very fictional former timber and milling town in Western Washington State, and there's a convenient forest nearby where the wolves have trotted themselves. There are Neandertals there, too, hiding in plain sight; it's in the near future). It also reflects the fact that a couple of packs of wolves have, in recent years, begun to recolonize parts of My Fair State, and I'm happy to have them back.
I've gotten a lot of feedback from many of my posts, which also satisfies me. One I recently got seemed to really like this blog, and pointed out that my efforts have much improved since I started it. I'm glad of that, too. And I'm not surprised. First efforts are just that -- first efforts, and they are often not as good as later ones. I think in part, this improvement had to do with the fact that the first few posts I did, were a little less focused than later ones. I have learned not to just "blather on", and I've learned to focus my efforts on just a few things, rather than "going all over the place". And I am now trying to avoid writing vague posts about "creativity" and the like, unless I have something really "focused" to say about it.
I've also gotten a few brickbats. In one case(and I think the person who posted the "brickbat" deserves a more thoughtful reply to the blog comment than I could give in a "comment" section. I was also coming down with something nasty that I think I've finally recovered from, so I may have seemed a little more "intemperate" than I intended to be at the time. But more on that later. I will just put up another post. On the other hand, what is a blog without some controversy? I'm not one of those innumerable "political" blogs that thrive on controversy, and I don't generally publish such things unless they have pretty enormous significance, e.g. the 2008 elections and their results. Still, some people may not understand or even dislike what I have to say. I sometimes take risks, as everyone must, from time to time. But all in all, I don't even mind this. It goes with the territory.
For the future, expect to see more book reviews, more commentary on writers and writing, if appropriate, comments on various Neandertal-related finds, anything interesting related to medieval England, and last, but not least, the state of wolves, especially Washington wolves. Anything reasonably related to the territory covered in my Great Science Fiction Masterpiece(s) With Neandertals is fair territory, so expect these things when they start coming. I encourage more people to "follow" me, if they wish to. Finally, if anyone leaves a comment, I will make every effort to reply, though some replies may take longer for me to "process" than others. In the meantime, keep reading my blog, throw brickbats if you really disagree with me, or don't(I'd much rather have the latter, but as I said, some brickbats are probably inevitable, even here). And whatever else you do, don't take yourselves, or the world too seriously. That can be depressing!
Enjoy your life and your reading life while you can,