So I have been absent from blogging for a very long time. But I have good reasons!
Work has been chewing up large portions of my energy.
The project I’ve been working on for about two years finally got pushed out the door, which has led to a fascinating complication:
My bugs actually matter.
I’ve gotten used to the comparatively sedate pace of Massive Development, where I had deadlines but they were months down the road and if I had bugs, well, it was just test data. And after a lovely long vacation I’m launched back into bugs actually costing people money, or inconveniencing customers, and that turns out to be a significant stressor.
So work’s gotten more tense, and that’s almost entirely due to my own overdeveloped sense of responsibility – because my bosses are understanding that bugs will shake out when a hugely complex project rolls live, thankfully. I am the one who’s like “ZOMG MUST FIX NOW.”
It’s not bad, it’s just a situation I have to reacclimate myself to. Or get myself into another lovely theoretical project.
I’ve been frantically writing books.
One of the best pieces of writing advice I ever got was from Seanan McGuire, who warned me that if I was at successful at this novel-writing thing that I’d be forever bouncing between projects, so I’d best get used to writing novels in snippets.
Sure enough, I had the editorial letter for Savor Station, so I was doing final(ish) edits on that, then I returned to my polyamory-in-Narnia novel (if you think you’re jealous of your girlfriend’s boyfriend now, imagine when you find out he’s Prince Caspian) just long enough to finish off Act I, and then I snapped back to writing my maintenance cyberpunk novel where yes there are voluntary amputees charging into combat with hyperfast prosthetic armaments but really the battle was won in the workshop two days ago when you fine-tuned your IFF routines to be better than your opponent.
All that switching headspaces is surprisingly exhausting. Which means that when it’s time to blog….
I’m doing low-key blogging on other platforms.
I’ve been experimenting with doing more Twitter threads, which are a lot like short essays here except every line is potentially Retweetable. They’ve been popular and get me more fans – FOLLOW ME AT @FERRETTHIMSELF, he said – but I’m not ultimately sure I like it. Twitter threads are easier to write in a way, and the social media environment rewards them disproportionately, but if one hits big then my mentions are chewed to pieces and I can’t interact with people I actually like.
I’m debating what to do on that one.
And then I’m tossing off the occasional essay on FetLife, merely because Fet provides more context. I’m usually riffing off the topic of the day there (as their Kinky and Popular page, which shows the most-read essays on Fet, ensures regular swirls of debate on various issues), and FetLife’s easier to write for because there’s a certain base layer of “Hey, we’re all kinky here, so we agree on these tenets.”
Writing for the open Internet is a bit harder, because I have to stranger-proof my writings, whether here or on Twitter – something I write could be easily taken out of context and draw a lot of heat, so I have to continually explain myself to strangers. Whereas writing on kink or consent on Fet is a bit like Harry Potter fanfic – you don’t have to explain to the audience what Hogwarts is, you don’t have to infodump the magic system, let’s go.
So the blog’s been a bit dusty.
But hi! I have a book coming out in September (which is getting good advance reviews, if scarce ones) on rebellious teenagers fighting against immortal digitized politicians who’ve forgotten what it’s like to be alive. (Because seriously, if we perfect brain-uploading technology so no one ever dies, that’s gonna fuck up our politics something fierce.) And my first book Flex is on sale for a dollar this week, so it’s an easy in if you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to read me.
And much is happening in my life! My Dad is visiting this weekend! My wife and I have hired a personal trainer! I fixed stuff around my own house, and other peoples’ houses! But I just haven’t had the spare cycles to write about any of that so I’m watching Twin Peaks and drinking bourbon.
If you want a more livestream version of me, I’m at Twitter or Fet. And if history shows anything, I’ll probably be back here more often. But hallooooo! I’m a me. It’s good to see a you.
Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.