Deleting both Twitter and Instagram apps from my phone is turning out to be one of my best time-savers ever.
I’m now using the recovered minutes to work through my eBook reading list and the paper editions of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine. It’s wonderful to regain a degree of conscious control over how best to enjoy using a smartphone.
But a few time wasters remain.
Of those, FaceBeast remains the antisocial elephant taking up digital breathing space in the form of authors groups I dip in and out of.
I also post links to these blog posts on my own author’s page and the beast is persistent in reminding me when I last did so, and that I should pay up for the privilege of letting others know. Overall, however, it’s influence is confined to those occasions on which I feed it from my desktop computer at home.
What I’m reading:
The March/April 2018 edition of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine:
I enjoyed Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Dix, a novella that ramped up the tension to the very end. It was also a learning experience to see an experienced wordsmith of Ms. Rusch’s calibre hone a captivating mystery set in a galaxy and a time far, far from home.
Bill Johnson’s novella, Bury me in the Rainbow, perplexed me at first as its fusion of modern day Native American groupings in Dakota with the appearance of a moon-sized Alien ship in the sky took time and space to reach a forward-looking and satisfying climax. This tale would make a great SF TV series as the different families and affiliations jostle among themselves in traditional ways for influence, protection and dominance against a backdrop of encroachment on their lands and ways by flatlanders.
The alien ship and the arrival of some of its inhabitants on Earth offers a view of an alternative future they need to decide upon before the ship leaves for good.
What I’m writing:
With the benefit of hindsight, I now think it premature to have included a Book Progress widget on this blog while my writing schedule remains fluid and erratic. I’ve therefore removed the widget; it may return another time.
When I have concrete news of a book or story ready for release, I will share it here.
Well, that’s it for this update.