"Looks like 2009 is drawing to a closeómercifully
so, according to most people I've talked to. I can't say I'll miss
it. Then again, I'm always expecting tomorrow to be better than
today. Not sure how folks could make it through life otherwise.
I don't have much to offer at the
moment in terms of writing news. As most of you have discovered by
now, I finally caught up to the new decade (just as it's coming to a
close) by starting a blog. Most of my comings and goings are
documented there and in the revamped forum. I'll still be posting
any major announcements here, in the General News section. But for
those who wish to keep closer tabs on my lurkings, you'd be better
off bookmarking those pages than this one. Of course, I've also been
sucked into the world of social networking, so you'll find me on
Okay, so I rarely update MySpace or Facebook, and I have yet to
"tweet" anything, but hey, at least you'll get the obituary notice
if I happen to keel over before anything else newsworthy happens.
Until then, know that I'm working
hard (most of the time) and out there chasing carrots. I've learned
to tell people that this writing game is a lot like fishing (stop me
if you've already heard this): all you can do is bait your hooks,
cast them in the water, and troll around for that big catch. Maybe
you get a nibble now and then. Maybe you get four at the same time.
Maybe you even reel one or more of them into the boat before they
flop away while you're reaching for the bat. Regardless, there's no
real measurement for progress. You might come home with your limit,
or you might be out there all day without so much as a single scale
for your efforts. In the meantime, the best you can do is enjoy the
wind, the waves, the beer, and the company. Anything else is just a
bonus. In other words, it's more about the journey than the
In any case, I hope everyone has had
a blessed holiday season. And my wishes go out for a healthy,
peaceful, and prosperous 2010. I mean, my God, is it 2010 already?
Life just keeps moving faster and faster. Can't stop it, so might as
well find reason enjoy it. Though it may be just another revolution
of the earth around the sun, may it bring comfort and fresh hope to
those in need. Happy New Year!"