No pithy quotes this time around…just me, for what it’s worth.
And no big announcements, either. But since we’re a couple of days out from the Hearts ‘N’ Flowers Holiday, I’ll simply give a shout out to the woman in my life:
No, seriously, she’s the one who keeps me going: my best friend, my inventive lover, the mother to my offspring, the senior executive of the year, and the woman who says, “Fine, look all you want. Then turn your eyes back to me.”
To my utter amazement, after more than seven years’ residence here, this page is coming up on 25,000 pageviews. I average about 30 per day…barely a squeak compared to some of the heavy hitters here. But I should hit the milestone sometime mid-year. Who woulda thought? And even nicer is that I’ve got a bunch of watchers and that I’ve got some fairly frequent correspondents, too. Enough to chew up evening hours when I can find the time to get on-line.
For those of you interested, my posting site (bandmachart) has been quite active recently. Probably because I’ve been posting a lot! J Check it out if you’d like to see my stories and drawings. Here, I’m only posting essays and story reviews, and staging my dA surfing and commentaries. Speaking reviews, I haven’t been writing as many, mostly because I’ve taken on a large number of story editing projects for a number of authors here at dA. I plan to change this, though, since there are lots of stories I’ve enjoyed recently that I want to review, and there seems to be a small but active demand for it.
As for editing, I enjoy doing this work. I’m good at it, have done it a lot professionally (along with all the other stuff I’ve done professionally). But most of all since I select the authors I want to work with – if they want to have me, that is – I offer my services to them at no charge, and that’s one of the contributions I can give back to the dA community that affords me so many rewarding moments. There are of course happy outcomes for these activities: authors get their work cleaned up before posting, I make new friends, and I get to read great stories. What’s not to like?
I’m also still doing occasional story translations from French and German into contemporary U.S. English. That’s harder work, but still fun for me.
(For large – long story or novels – editing projects I’m available for a fee; contact me via Notes, if you’re interested. And if you’ve got a story here at dA in French or German that you’d like me to help translating, again send me a Note, and we’ll see what we can do.)
I confess to be in pretty good spirits right now. Cold. And sore from shoveling snow. (Fuckin’ winter!) But in good spirits. I had some physical stuff I was working through over the last year, and I think that brought me down over the end-of-year holidays. But the grin has returned along with hope and a bit of good will.
So, listen, thanks everyone who’s been commenting or, even better, conversing here. I really look forward to coming to this page each day and seeing what’s new. I’ll be updating some of the essays here over the next couple of months, and adding some new ones, too. And, of course, surfing and leaving comments.
Stay warm! Talk to ‘ya!