Old things

I dug around in the attic at my parents house today. I found stacks of pictures and boxes of old toys, some artwork I made in my highschool art class and… a journal.

It turns out I kept a journal for around 9 months when I was 16-17, writing in it nearly every other day. Not much, just a paragraph or two about what I did each day, and a spiteful teenage thought here and there. But just the first few pages have already brought back loads of memories, of events and people I’m sure i’d have never thought of again without it.

It makes me wonder how much of my present life I’ll remember in 15 years if I don’t write it down. Will the friends I have now fade into the mists of time? If I weren’t writing down the memory of digging around in the attic and having these thoughts revived, would this memory itself fall into the void ten years from now?

I wonder how much I’ve done and will do that I’ll never remember. And if it’s a private moment experienced by no one but me–a secret thought had while alone that fades from my mind, then that moment has been erased from existence, and the me that lived it might as well have never been.

Anyway, that is all to say that I think I’d better start keeping some kind of journal again, if only to keep my memories alive. I know the future me would appreciate it greatly.

Brandon Sanderson

I met him! And he signed some books! If I ever make it, sitting and signing books for four hours is not something I’d look forward to o_O

 

Me with Brandon

Me with Brandon

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Employed!

I’ve made it back home and have already found a job! Next, find an apartment… and of course, start writing again. It’s been a couple months :s

I think I may have burned myself out doing a story per week, focusing on quantity instead of writing things that actually inspired me, or things that are super interesting that I really felt a desire to share. I think if I can find some ideas like that I’ll be back in the writing game in no time. As it is now I’ve still got a few stories floating around at magazines waiting patiently to be rejected, but I haven’t created anything new in months. So, time to break that streak and get to it!

Back Home

This weekend I am going to be packing what I can into my car and driving back to Seattle. I’ve had a fun time here in Colorado, but it’s time to head home to all my friends and family that I’ve missed so much. Not to mention the ever cloudy skies!

I’ve been busy and not a little bit stressed, and also still obsessed with Go, so I haven’t been writing much in the past couple months. But I aim to turn that around! I’ve got some ideas swirling in my head, and the long, quiet drive will be sure to help stir them up even more.

I’ve just been sleeping… waiting…. you haven’t seen the last of me! Look forward to more stories from yours truly in the near future! (near being May, when my story in Fireside comes out!)

2014 Campbellian Anthology

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