Friday, September 27, 2013

Hello again

Remember me? I'm still around, still a horror guy, but lately I'm more a horror guy on leave than an active horror writer. But I am still around.

Since this BLOG is about my writing, and I've now admitted I'm not writing, you'd think it'd be incredibly difficult to come up with a BLOG post, but if you've been here often, you know I routinely wander off the writing topic and into my personal life. With no other choice, that's where we're headed now.

But first...the writing thing. No, I haven't hung up my proverbial pen, only going along with my life's flow, and these days, the current ain't steering me to the keyboard. I remain excited about my work-in-progress, a dark and deliciously juicy alternate world paranormal thriller I call The Sirens of Sayhurn, but it's going to have to wait around in partially-written, first-draft mode until I'm ready to begin hammering on it again. Daeva, a literary horror novel that was scheduled for release in June 2014, is now scheduled for release in December 2014. The publisher needed to push all future releases back six months. That's okay. Daeva's still in the pipeline, and I'm very excited about it's upcoming release with this publisher.

So what have I been doing since I last checked in, which was way back on May 9th (sheesh!) with a post about running? Well, I'm still running. A lot for me, actually. I'm normally lean, but with the extra miles these last months, it's a challenge to swim across our little swimming pool without sinking like a stone to the bottom. We've also been traveling again. We took a fantastic trip in June to the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and England. What a great time! I posted pictures on Facebook. Here's a link if you're interested: Pics of our European and UK trip.

Me next to my friend Bob in rehearsal
When I'm not running, traveling, or trying to keep my head above water, I'm doing some singing. Yes, singing, like in do re mi... I suppose my artistic side needed a different outlet than writing for a while, and I'm excited to have joined Reveille Men's Chorus here in Tucson. What a great and talented group of guys. I'm so glad they let me in.

It has surprised me that the news that I love to sing surprises my friends, even ones who've known me for decades, but I guess it makes sense. I sang my heart out throughout my junior high and high school days, but when I gave it up to concentrate on engineering in college and career, I muzzled my singing voice completely. Now that I'm warbling again, it sure feels good and right.

So I'm still around, only making music with my voice instead of clacking noises on my keyboard. Here's a picture of our first concert of the season, just this past weekend. I'm the guy with his mouth open. Okay, that doesn't narrow it down much. I'm in a white shirt and purple tie. Okay, that doesn't help at all. I'm about a quarter of the way in from the left edge, somewhere near the middle going up and down.