Hello all—thanks for dropping by this holiday weekend! I’d say I’m sorry I didn’t post something new for you to see (or a poem this Friday), but that would require me to be sorry for a wonderful weekend away from the Internet and just about all forms of media/communication on Whidbey Island, and I’m definitely not sorry about that. Good food (much of it cooked by yours truly), nifty little towns to visit, and a wee bit of hiking around Deception Pass. I didn’t make any headway on the Pulitzers, I’ll admit, devoting my time instead to reading a collection of Connie Willis short stories, all focused around Christmas (in general). Willis is a fantastic writer and perhaps the most decorated short story author in sci-fi/fantasy history, but I’ll admit this collection is a bit uneven. “Epiphany” is excellent though, and, as the last story in the collection, finished it well.
I’ll be back on track soon, I assure you, but the pressures of grad school may slow me down a smidge over the next few days. Still, I’ll have posts soon on Ferber’s intriguing novel, and I know my winter break is going to be a little sprint to see how much headway I can make into the Pulitzer list before 2009 runs out the clock. Thank you all for coming along for even a small part of this odd journey I’m taking—I hope you had a great Thanksgiving (for those of you in the USA), and I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season in the weeks ahead (whether you observe Advent and Christmas, as I do, or whether you’re involved in Chanukah, Kwanzaa, the Solstice, or any of a number of other winter festivals whose names I have forgotten or never learned). See you again soon!