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2016: A Cyberspace Odyssey

*Yes – I know: nobody uses the term cyberspace anymore*

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New Year fireworks next to Navy Pier, Chicago

Happy New Year! Well, day six of it anyway.

But then perhaps it’s fitting that a blog post the central tenet of which is going to be that I have not only failed to do half the things I said I was going to last year, but that I’ve also not been blogging anything like as much as I should is in fact itself late.

Yes – let’s go with that and say it’s intentional, shall we…

So here we are: 2016 already. I’m not going to lie, kind of caught me by surprise this one. What about you?

As you may recall, I had big plans for 2015 back in January, including the publication of a novella in October. Well, October came and went… the novella, not so much. It is still in the works though and a new, very tentative date of October 2017 (yes, ’17, that’s not a typo) has been set to a) give me enough time to finish the darn thing, and b) fit with my publisher’s schedule of fiction releases. So that’s nice.

Also, I know I owe you yet another apology for failing to blog half as much as I intended to last year. In my defense – I did write what for me constitutes a rather long post about Sid Meier’s Civilization back in May, and a semi political ramble about Britain and the EU in June. Although now that I come to think about it, that’s not really a very good defense. So let’s just stick with I’m sorry and will try to do better in 2016 🙂

Expect a veritable cyberspace odyssey comprised of more posts about writing and links to writing (mine and other people’s), as well as some more random stuff like the above. Some of it might even be vaguely interesting… no promises though.

In the meantime, know that I wish you all the very best for 2016. Carry on being nice to one another and make sure to pick up a copy of Vestigial Tales (sorry – I couldn’t resist!).

TTFN Internets!

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Continent-trotting

I really must get better at this whole blogging thing. It has been almost a month since I started liamaidan.com and I barely have two posts to show for it. I have lots of plans for posts mind you, but actually sitting down and writing them is unexpectedly proving something of a challenge.

This is partly because I am working on a lot of other things at the moment, including Vestigial Tales (about which I briefly blogged here and here) and a science fiction novella (about which I have planned to blog for some time), in addition to my various non-fiction work. Yet my lack of blog-worthy activity might also have something to do with the fact that we have been kind of all over the place lately, zipping across the Midwest for a mixture of pleasure and work.

Last week we were in Chicago and then Madison and Milwaukee*, we’re in Boston this weekend and then off to Toronto the weekend after before heading to California for an as-of-yet undetermined period of time shortly after that.

Don’t get me wrong – all this travel is rather exciting and being relatively new to the US, (we moved here from Edinburgh, Scotland last year) I am rather enjoying getting to see new people and places. However, I am finding that even as these adventures fill my notebooks with stories, observations, insights and anecdotes they leave me little time to sit down and sort through the harvest and I am longing for some quiet in which to write them all out properly.

This will come, I know, and it’s unseemly to complain of too much inspiration, but I wanted you to know that my neglect is not intentional. I have written ‘MUST DO BETTER’ on a post-it and stuck it to my keyboard and this is a promise I intend to keep.

In the meantime, I will leave you with a photo of an unexpected find on an unassuming Milwaukee street: a statue in honor of Robert Burns (the semi official national poet of Scotland) gifted to the city by the Milwaukee Burns Association.

Robert Burns Milwaukee

His heart may be in the Highlands, but there is plenty of love for The Bard in Brew Town it would seem.

* I know what you’re going to say – East Lansing Michigan to Chicago and then up to Wisconsin hardly constitutes zipping ‘across the Midwest’, but remember that I am from a small island and driving for eight hours straight still feels like going a long way to me. I will get to see more of the Midwest one day but right now, we’re Boston bound!