Ketchup, February 2014 Vintage Dept


Wow. Very work; so busy; much exhaust.

Meme jokes aside, the sheer number of things that get thrown at you when you relocate is not something a checklist can do justice to. The more you plod forward, the more you realize you've left behind or forgotten about, but plod I must.

OK, so some stuff:

  • Welcome to the Fold continues apace, if slowly. Rather than set an ETA on this, I'm just going to say "end of year" and leave it at that, because it'll be easier to fit into my strange new timeframe, and who doesn't like being told my new book is going to be ready just in time for Christmas? (Or, failing that, President's Day, or what have you.)
  • Ganriki.org is operating on a slightly reduced schedule but I think I have gotten back into the saddle enough to return to a one-post-a-week schedule. That was my original workload, and that's about my limit anyway for a site of that scope. One good, well-thought-out item a week was my original plan and it's served me quite well.
  • The search for a viable replacement for Movable Type continues, and so far I continue to draw blanks. WordPress is not an answer; Ghost is way too primitive right now for me to even consider; Drupal and Joomla! far too top-heavy. The Enterprise edition of MT6 just dropped but there's still no word about a blogger-grade version of the product. I remain amazed at the callous way this company has treated a sizable segment of its user base. (The developers, on the other hand, are real good folks.)
  • The reviews stuff here has mostly dwindled to a crawl what with all the other work in the carousel, but I want to see if I can sneak a few in here and there. Part of it is motivation: much of my time and energy for that category goes to Ganriki. But a big part of it is time: what time I have remaining tends to be budgeted towards actual creative work, and as long as I know I have some story to tell I'd rather be telling those stories.

All of which has provoked a few more thoughts.

Before 2007 or so — that is, before Genji Press really became a thing, and I decided to double down on my writing — I spent a lot of time writing reviews because I felt like most of what I had to say about things was expressed well in that medium. But once I started to write fiction again, things shifted. I feel less and less like the most crucial, relevant stuff to be said works best through the lens of examining other peoples' creative works.

This isn't a bad thing. It means I'm getting my legs, as it were, and getting them to a degree that I didn't have when I first started writing back in my twenties. I have a far better sense of focus now than I did then — less of a need to impress people, less of a need to protect my ego, and far more of a sense that the process is at least as important, if not more so, than the product. I don't believe I'll ever earn a living doing this — most of the people I know who do, don't even earn a living doing it anyway — but I know now, more completely than ever, that wasn't really the point.


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