2010

Traditional first post the first week of the year for any blog: the goals of 2010. They’re actually pretty simple, and off to a good start.

  • The good stuff that happened in 2009, perpetuate through 2010.
  • Write. A lot.
  • Get published. Legitimately.

After that, its just the standard healthy and happiness bit. Probably some weight loss too.

Happy New Year’s everyone! Tomorrow’s Katy’s birthday, so today I plan on finishing the second draft of my Dark Lord Rising short story, and maybe getting a foot into the next story in line.

A word for my sponsor (wife)

Queen of the demesneAs we move into the last half of the last day of the year here on the eastern seaboard of the United States, I’d like to take a moment to thank my sponsor in all things, my wife Kim (pictured here wearing her royal crown). Sure, she has already been nominated this week as the meanest mom ever (I believe there is a club forming for this, and something about hot pink biker jackets a la Grease), but I’d like to give her a further shout out of thanks for sponsoring me this year.

To start with, there was the job change this year. After years of griping about working for the DoD, and having no luck finding my ideal job in the regular market (after all, I wasn’t  unemployed, I had a steady, safe job, so my hunt was for something ideal, not just something to pay the bills), I applied to two dream companies, just as a lark.

Surprisingly, ThinkGeek (one of the two) responded in the positive, despite my salary requirements. Kim has always been my biggest supporter (and the reason I made the leap into the technology arena in the first place), and after some gnashing of numbers agreed that this would work if I wanted it. And boy, did I want it. My hours have shifted dramatically – I wake up well after sunrise now, and I’m home much later than ever would have been necessary at my old gig, making her a semi-single mom at times, but through it all she has weathered it with grace and style, and occasionally, a peck on the cheek if she thinks I’m being particularly silly.

Then there’s this crazy notion I have of being a writer. Even between her own small business, Blue Lady Studios, and the kids, and dealing with me (I’m very high maintenance), she still encourages me to pursue my dreams. Maybe nothing will come of them (its good to have grounded thoughts), and even if something does, its doubtful I would ever be able to retire and live a life of writing like some lucky dogs I know of, but I enjoy it and its fun and that’s what counts. And my wife, like a patron of old, sees to it that I have what I need to pursue it.

So to my sponsor, my wife, thank you, for making 2009 such an awesome year. And, just to be safe, an advanced thank you for 2010 as I push myself to make it to a publisher’s desk.

What’s up with datanode.net?

When I started datanode.net many many moons ago, it was a simple set of web pages. I had notions of starting my own business, but it never really happened. I did a little bit of freelance work, but never quite got the taste for it, mostly because it just didn’t work for me. Then when I joined gentoo it became a soapbox from which I could talk open source and gentoo stuff. But when I left gentoo, it kind of whithered out for a while,a nd in the last year or so its been mostly about writing. I think the problem is I need to figure out what I’m going to talk about on the blog.

I know a lot of people have blogs where they talk about every detail of their lives. My last job, before I joined the awesomeness of the monkey hordes, didn’t exactly discouraged talking about yourself or your work – but they certainly didn’t consider it a wise move. Unfortunately, that became such a mode of thought that I find it hard telling you all about what funny thing Katy did this morning, or what Tara said last night. And the few times I did talk about personal things, like job hunting, I caught someone at work reading my blog and knew that I needed to keep my mouth completely shut.

So where is datanode.net going these days? Although the name doesn’t quite fit a writing blog, but if I was opportunistic, I’d find a way to integrate it into my writing so that when I do get published, it will make perfect sense, like Neal Asher’s TheSkinner.blogspot.com. “Datanode? Oh yeah, that’s what Cummings calls his pseudo-sentient sapient organic computer in his novels.”

The problem with that last statement is that I have spent a long time wasting time dreaming of what it will be like once I can call myself a writer, and not enough time working on the craft. I wasn’t always this way – I remember a year or so where I jotted down stories faster than my fingers could etch out the words.

I mentioned in my last post that the beard is here for the time being, until I either finish the novel or get published (presumably with a shoter work). Let me go further and state that the goals of datanode.net for 2010 (pronounce twenty ten, of course) is to get published reputably, and to make datanode.net an obvious forum for discussing what I’m writing away at these days.

And now, to sleep. An hour of blogging can take its toll 🙂