Good day, friends and followers, and I hope it finds you well. I’m still finding my way, and defining what this page will become going forward, so allow me to drop a few words of introduction. There will be times that I have things to share that don’t warrant a formal look-how-smart-I-am blog post, and those times will be covered in this semi-regular feature, Blimprider Times. Today I have some good, some catastrophic, and some making-the-best-of-it items to pass along, so I’ll get right to it.
Good friend and reviewer C. William Perkins has posted a review of Player Piano, which happens to be Kurt Vonnegut’s often overlooked first novel. Written shortly after the Second World War, it foretells of the automated society and the associated falling value of physical labor that we live in today with a fair degree of accuracy. I’m not going to steal any of his thunder; this is a detailed and compelling review of the sort that Mr. Perkins is known for, and very much warrants a read, especially if you aren’t familiar with Vonnegut’s debut novel.
Now the catastrophe: I went to my CreateSpace account to see if I could update the URL to my author page in the preface to Beyond the Rails. Not only can I not do that, but the book is now unavailable until I resubmit it! Of course, I still have the file, but it’s in Office, which I stopped using over a year ago. What that means is that in order to resubmit, I have to first download Office (I think I can get a one-month trial version without repurchasing the thing… We’ll find out shortly!), then submit the document to CreateSpace. Then, of course, I’ll have to go to the Kindle version and reset the opening chapter pages, the hyphenated words, and probably some other stuff I’ve forgotten by now. So there’s my weekend, and then some.
Finally, making the best of it, this will enable me to update not only my author page URL for future readers, but to tease out some more of the typos and inevitable misspellings, bringing it ever-closer to that elusive goal of perfection. Also, with my mind completely focused on writing for the next couple of days, I can keep my notebook by the keyboard and jot down notes for the short story I’ve been invited to write for an upcoming anthology. The little cherry on top: It’s looking to rain all weekend here in the land where the sun spends the winter, and won’t be inordinately cold either, so I can crack a window and let the drizzle on the eaves really put me in the mood!
Well, that’s my little update. Like the format, or not so much? Let me know in the comments below (See? I write poetry, too!), and watch for my regularly scheduled post tomorrow. Now I have to go answer a couple of late-breaking comments, and do last night’s dishes. After that, I guess I’ll see you around the Office! Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead tonight, and I’ll be back with a fresh topic tomorrow.