Here’s the deal: Starting tomorrow I become President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and because what SFWA is doing on the board level doesn’t conveniently snip off when one board tenure ends and another begins, I and all the other new members of the board are jumping into the deep end to continue the fine work the current board is engaged in. Additionally, while you weren’t watching I’ve been gearing up for a new novel, and now I’m in writing mode for that. And if that wasn’t enough, between now and mid-September I’ve got travel that is likely to keep me off the Internets entirely.
So, with that in mind, two announcements.
One, for the month of July I’ll be trimming back my time here on Whatever and other places on them there Internets, with an eye to devoting a solid block of time each day to a) novel writing, b) SFWA business, c) other crap that doesn’t involve me glassily cruising through my RSS feed for hours at time.
How will this affect Whatever? From your point of view, it possibly won’t; thanks to the magic of “scheduled postings,” I can write stuff any time and have it appear any other time, thus making it appear that I am the same procrastinatory bastard I usually am. In fact, this very entry was written ahead of time, and scheduled to appear when it did. See, it’s like magic, it is. So when I’m done doing real work, I’ll likely sign on, bang out a post or two, and then schedule them up so your daily Whatever fix will appear as it already does, more or less. So the only real sign I’m (mostly) away will be that I probably won’t be as engaged in the comment threads, although, to disappoint the excitable troll element whose ears just perked up on that bit, I’ll still graze through the comments unseen during the day and will happily wield the Mallet of Loving Correction on all who need its gentle caress.
So that’s July.
Two, from August 1 through September 12, I will be on hiatus. Which means I’ll generally be as far away from them there Internets as you can get. I might drop in a cat picture or two just to keep you all from setting fire to the place, and if I win something in Australia in September, I’ll be sure to let you know. Likewise, it’s possible I might write up some stuff in July and then schedule it for release during my hiatus. But in terms of being here? I won’t be.
How will this affect Whatever? Well, as noted, I won’t be around. But otherwise, it will keep running and functioning. That’s because I’ve hired a site manager (the fabulous Kate Baker) to keep the place going while I’m away. Under her watch Big Idea pieces will still be put up, as well as other stuff, which may include (but not be limited to) guest posts and bloggers.* I’ll also be handing over to Kate possession of the Mallet of Loving Correction with the admonition to wield it freely and with the merciless compassion of angels, so on that end things will be as they ever were. I know, trolls. You were so looking forward to running free around here. Maybe next time.
While I’m on my Whatever hiatus I will possibly still pop up on Twitter and Facebook with a smartass comment or two, but honestly, the point of the hiatus is to be away, so I wouldn’t count on too much on those scores, either. Oh, don’t give me that look. You can live without me for six weeks, especially when there will still be cool stuff on Whatever to read. You’ll be fine, man.
So that’s my summer schedule.