Dear Geeks: Welcome to my new home!

O HAI! Hello there! Come on in!

It’s been a while, hasn’t it! Take a look around, make yourselves at home. I’ll put the kettle on. How have you all been?

Sooooo I moved into a new internet!house. It’s been an experience, let me tell you. None of the boxes, all of the mess. Anyway! I’m here, things are in order, and I’m ready to get back into my blogging groove.

Some features will be returning, and some will be new, but before I get to that I just wanted to take a moment to thank everybody who has continued to support me, whether friend or online acquaintance or cool person I chat to on Twitter sometimes – you’ve all helped me keep moving through this last month or so, and you are wonderful and I appreciate all of you.

To those who are new, or who had only just found me on this old internet before the Great Change of 2018 began – welcome, and thank you as well! I hope I don’t scare you away too quickly. To fill you in/refresh your memory, I had previously blogged about SF/F on Over The Effing Rainbow, which I decided to retire following a very successful first run as co-host of Wyrd and Wonder in May. That online event was so much fun that we (imyril, Jorie and myself) have already committed to bringing it back next year, and will very possibly also be putting together some mini-events in the meantime, to keep the enthusiastic juices flowing. So that will be a regular feature/event around here for those who are interested.

Something else I also plan to continue with is my weekly reviewing journey through various book series I have somehow missed before! I’ve had some wonderful, fun times discovering such books as Ellen Kushner’s Riverside saga, V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy, and Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea novels. If you missed all of that, the deal is pretty simple – I pick a book or a series I’ve never read before, split the reading up over several weeks (usually a month, sometimes less) and read a few chapters each week, livetweeting my take on it all as I go, and then write up a more in-depth review of those chapters before moving on to the next segment. I have a small cabal of close friends/fellow book nerds who will usually read along with me, and it’s become a fixture of my weekly reading schedule that I’ve been missing in all this downtime. So I’m excited to bring it back, and in fact it shall return very, very soon, so look out for an announcement of what we’ll be reading next…

In order to keep things really fresh and hopefully interesting in this new chapter of my blogging life, though, I decided that this isn’t just going to be all about what I’m reading.

One of my loosely planned goals moving forward is to become better acquainted with the city (and the country!) I call home (Glasgow/Scotland, for those who are wondering), and to share those discoveries and my thoughts on them with all of you. These are some hella chaotic political times we’re living in, and anyone who isn’t becoming increasingly aware of all that is either living in a bunker already, or they’re dead. But I have a deep and very proud appreciation for the place where I was born and raised, and I want to extend the love and enthusiasm I have for all my fictional worlds to the one I’m actually living in. And what use is all of that love and enthusiasm if I don’t share it, am I right? So you’ll be getting semi-regular travel diary-style glimpses into the real world as I like to see it, as well; hopefully you will find it interesting enough to make it worth keeping up.

This will also provide an excellent excuse to start making better use of Instagram, so along with my Twitter profile update, I’ll be using a new Instagram handle! Check out my social media links in the sidebar to find me there, if you haven’t already.

… I think that covers everything? It probably doesn’t, but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t forget something, so I guess … I’M BACK. #philosophical

Let’s go.


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