I had to count on my fingers – twice – and then ask Jim to confirm before I could believe that the Wednesday Wanderings are approaching their seventh anniversary.
My first post, on January 13, 2010, was very short and intended more as a placeholder than actual post. Nonetheless, it received several Comments, showing me that there were interested readers “out there.” It read as follows:
Starting on January 20th, I’ll be making weekly posts to this site.
They’ll be about whatever has caught my fancy, especially the odd stuff I see as I go about my day.
Maybe they’ll provide some insight into how one writer thinks. Hopefully, they’ll be amusing.
Join me on January 20, 2010, and we’ll all find out.
Seven years later, I haven’t missed a single week. Moreover, I’ve added the Thursday Tangents with Alan Robson, as well as the Friday Fragments. Lately, I realized that the Wednesday Wanderings has become more ambitious than I initially intended. The Wanderings have generated enough essays on writing to spawn a book – Wanderings on Writing. They’ve hosted interviews with writers as varied as Darynda Jones and Jack McDevitt. And – honestly – they take a lot of my time and attention.
There’s a lot I want to accomplish in 2017. I plan to make an additional two or more of my Avon backlist titles available as e-books. I’d like to write more short stories. Over the holidays, I had an idea for a novel that I’m considering writing, then releasing as a serial. I’ve learned that if I don’t read or make time for art/crafts, my writing suffers, so it will be out with the beads, clay, and maybe a try at decoupage…
Therefore, 2017 will see a change to the Wednesday Wanderings. I’ll still check in each Wednesday. Sometimes there will be longer pieces or interviews. (I’m already in contact with Walter Jon Williams about doing one on his two new series.) However, other times, I may just say “hi” and offer a short snippet about what I’ve done the past week.
Pictures may also drop off or at least reduce in quality. Jim has been my faithful photographer since we started including pictures, but right now he’s directing a field project in Santa Fe. While he still comes home at night, we’re more pressed for time. Although you may not believe it, getting those three original photos takes time and imagination.
For the foreseeable future, Alan and I will continue to write the Thursday Tangents, because we keep finding things we want to talk about both with each other and with you folks. And the Friday Fragments will also continue, because I hope to be reading more, not less.
I welcome – even encourage – questions or suggestions of subject matter that you’d like to hear me natter on about. In seven years, I’ve covered most of the general topics readers ask writers about and I could use tinder for my fire. I can’t promise to answer all questions, because I don’t always have answers, but I always write better when I know that at least one person would like to hear what I have to say.
Here’s hoping you’ll continue to join me on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Here’s where there will be the first announcement of any public appearances. (I’m reading at ASFS again in February, and I’m Guest of Honor at MiHiCon in October.) Here’s where you’re most likely to hear about new releases, forthcoming works, and the like.
Now, I’m off to write an afterword for the forthcoming e-book release of Smoke and Mirrors. Composing that has really had me reflecting on all that’s changed in the past 20-some years… But for now, to write!