So where’s all the stuff I used to put in here about writing?
The short answer is that I’m not doing that anymore (the writing about writing, obviously not the writing). The somewhat longer and more complex answer is that I sort of ran out of things to
illustration by Dave Donald
say. And I’m a graduate student going into my second year of a fairly intensive PhD program, and I’m very busy. And it occurred to me at one point that the time I spend trying very hard to think up intelligent things to write about writing is time that I then can’t spend on actually writing. Which, given that I don’t have scads of time to spend freely anyway, is a bit of an issue. Given a choice, I need to write stories, not stories about stories.
Well, that is to say–you know what I mean.
Added to that is the fact that there are other blogs out there that are doing this a lot better, a lot more consistently.
The thing about writing is that it just needs to get done. Talking about it is great, but at the end of the day–or the beginning, if that works better for you, and it does for me–you need to sit down and actually write something. That part is important. The rest of it is wankery if that part doesn’t happen.
But one thing I do want to do is to make this a place where I occasionally do talk about something besides the stories I’ve sold, the stories I have coming out, how they got written, and bits of them. I think the last two things are especially great, but I think there could be more.
So what’s going on with me? I’m in school. I’m teaching. I’m trying to gear up for editing the honking big sf novel I co-wrote. I’m trying to get better at everything. It’s a process.
And I’m writing. A lot. And as long as that’s getting done, everything else feels like it comes along with.
Semi-related: io9 has a brief but good post on a bit of famous writing advice that could actually mess you up pretty seriously.