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The great fiction reading adventure of 2010: Part 1.

Soul searching in the cyber age.

Well, I'd be lying if I said I was completely ready to come back to blogging. It's been lovely, somewhat, to get up in the morning and not worry if I have a post ready; likewise, although this doesn't seem like a good thing, I've been reading a little bit less than usual. It has been a good thing, at least for a little while. I worked on a lot of jobs I wasn't particularly in the mood for, and actually polished some off, because I knew I wouldn't be able to not read very much for long.

If that makes any kind of sense.

So, what HAVE I been doing over here? Well, not as much as one might hope. Still. I did clean the house a bit. I spent a bit more time cooking and baking. I watched a couple of episodes of "Hell's Kitchen," even though I should know better. I also spent some time thinking about this site, and what I want to do with it. And I did decide a few things: 1. Fuck advertising, and all that jazz. I know other people use their blogs to receive freebies and/or gain sponsorships and revenue through ad links, but I'm just never going to have the energy or desire to pursue that. Plus, I really don't like being "sold to" constantly and it's worth my peace of mind (on this subject at least) not to sell to others. 2. A slight caveat to number 1 is that I may work in some more links to projects or writing I'm doing, and I may investigate the possibility of becoming a Powell's "partner," as I link to their site's books anyway. But then I have to put a little notice on every post that I accept kickback in the form of slight sales commissions (check out Bookshelves of Doom for an example of what I'm talking about). So we'll see.

And what else have I been doing? Well, reading nonfiction, of course, but a bit more slowly than usual. No kidding, I've been working on one book now for four weeks, and it's been kind of a delicious thrill to read it a few pages at a time. I've also been reading a load of fiction, which you'll hear more about later. And, I ordered a new computer, which I'm hoping will be much faster and will help my efficiency (after an initial period, when it first arrives, of screwing my productivity, while I try to set it up). Man, do I hate shopping for computers, setting up computers, and, well, let's face it, for anything more complicated than typing, using computers. Further bulletins as events warrant.

I don't know that I'll be back at five-days-a-week strength just yet, but I've missed old CR, and I've missed you.