So, uh…

…who’s doing NaNoWriMo?  I’m not, at least officially, but I do plan on getting as much of the Skylights sequel done next month as I possibly can.  Who should I be encouraging/occasionally poking fun at?images

That was fun

I just spent an hour or so in a word sprint with four other WordPress folks– Winter Bayne,  Sourcerer, E.B. Thompson, and Darla Denton— on Twitter.  Basically we were giving ourselves fifteen minutes to write and then comparing word counts and yapping at each other in between rounds.  I got about 1700 words farther into the new novel in 45 minutes of actual writing time, which is awesome.

Anyway, I just wanted to say “thank you” to everybody involved and say that I can’t wait to do it again.  Maybe not on a weekday night next time, though.  🙂

On making friends

anigif_enhanced-24280-1393682518-9Non-WordPress folks can sit this one out, I guess, as it doesn’t have anything to do with you guys, and it’s totally a post about me making a mountain out of a molehill anyway.

I am– no, really, I’m devoting an entire post to this announcement– about to make a new folder in my bookmarks, and I’m going to put links to a bunch of y’all’s blogs in it.

Why am I doing this?  Because while I throw a lot of Likes around on WordPress, what I’m really not doing very much is engaging with people who I actually know, where “know” means “interact with on my own blog.”  I’m subbed to a bunch of you, but WordPress’ subscription reader absolutely sucks, and it means I’m missing posts that I would probably enjoy reading all the time.  I’m an old-time Xanga dude, right?  I got my start over there.  It amazes me that with the huge array of ways in which WordPress is vastly superior to Xanga that it seems to suck so bad at basic community-building tools.  The process of “keep track of what my friends were writing” was infinitely easier over there.

Don’t tell me about an RSS reader.  I don’t RSS.  I’ve tried it a couple of times and I can’t figure out why anyone would ever use it.  Bookmarks and the “Open All” command it is.

So, yeah.  If you’ve been subbed here forever, and you comment a lot, or if I recognize your name because you like every post, chances are I’ll be dumping you into that “Blogs to Go Read, Dammit” folder at some point or another, and you might actually start seeing me interacting with you at your own sites once in a while, because this is nonsense, and it’s high time that I start reading what y’all have to say more regularly than I do.