Bad News and Good News
Oh. Hey…A blog. Yeah…Those exist, right? This one seems pretty dusty.
Alright. Kidding aside, I realize it’s been a good 5 months since I last posted an update of some sort here in the circus, and I think most of the carnies are pretty ticked with me right now. They have every right to be, of course, as do you – the three or four people that read my blog have been hammering at my portcullis with pitchforks and torches.
I won’t bother to make excuses, except to say that the spring semester had me writing away a good chunk of my free time, though I did dabble in a poetry workshop and continued to take other workshops on fiction. It’s the literary academia courses and the work they entail that bog me down, but I’ve already ranted about that, so need to go on about it again, right?
That’s not the only reason, though. Perhaps you’ve noticed my title promising good news and bad news, so let’s start with the bad: around February, my laptop keeled over and died; that is to say, it froze and started making weird clicking noises, and the diagnostic result was that I had suffered a hard drive head crash. It was fried but good, and I lost pretty much everything.
Considering my laptop was one of the primary storage centers for my creative endeavors, that’s a lot of projects and such lost. I had backed it up awhile ago, but it wasn’t completely up to date. Needless to say, the entire situation was incredibly disheartening, but I’ve learned something from this: back everything up. Regularly. It was soul-crushing how much I lost, for awhile there. Plus a few terms papers I was working on were lost midway through.
But now that the semester is done and the temperature steadily increases each day. I feel the pull of summer and its freedoms, and I ow myself a blog post. And a bit of good news is in order after that ugly business of failed technology.
I am pleased and amazed to say that I am now a published author.
Yep! It’s not saying much, but recently one of my stories got featured in the above anthology, put out by Stout Optimists and the University of Wisconsin. It’s a fantastic collection of fiction, featuring dozens of breakout writers and a few well-known ones as well. If the above cover is any evidence, it holds the world record for “Most Artists Contributing To The Cover of A Published Anthology.” And what’s more, all the proceeds from this book are donated to the American Cancer Society. How neat is that!
I’m not going to see a dime for this book, but I don’t care: it’s just cool to be featured in something printed, not to mention something as big as this. My story, “The Library Plot,” can be found pretty early on, under my moniker of David Rockford. But it’s also cool to be featured among so many other fantastic people, and I highly encourage my readers to take a look at it. You can find info on the anthology here, and should you get the book, I will love you forever. Seriously.
I’m not going to lie, this was a boost I needed after my laptop’s untimely death. I didn’t actively seek out this anthology, but rather the anthology sought me out. Sir Ricky McGentleman (with his exceptional penname) contacted me and asked if I wanted “The Library Plot” featured. This is important to me because not only is it fun to be published, but it confirms that this is what I want to do, that not only do I tell stories but that people enjoy them. I want writing to be my profession, and this is a good sign that I haven’t misguided myself on trying to be one.
I’m feeling pretty good right now.
Anyway, before I sign out, I thought it might be fun to share with y’all some footage I got from the recent Maker Faire that happened in the Bay area a few weeks ago, yet another reason I didn’t update sooner. If you don’t know, the Maker Faire is an annual convention showcasing cool custom stuff, all manner of gizmos and gadgets, robotics, crafts, computer programming, vehicles and just fun artsy stuff. I could go on and on about some of the stuff I saw, but instead I’ll just leave you with this video montage. Until next time, good readers!