There’s been a lack of activity from here at Out Where the Buses Don’t Run recently. Let’s play a quick game for a moment here: I’ll give you a few reasons why I’ve been incognito here, and you figure out which one is the most likely to explain my absence. Ready? GO!
A) Busy finalizing the cover for my Out Where the Buses Don’t Run anthology. Once the cover’s done, I can submit it to CreateSpace, and (finally) get a publication date. Speaking of covers, you’ll get a sneak peak below.
B) Re-writing a short story I submitted, at the request of the editor, and I’m damned glad the editor made that recommendation, because while I liked the story the first go-round, it was missing a good amount of lust and drama. Therefore, more lust, drama, and heartbreak was added, and the story was re-worked and re-submitted.
C) Glued to the TV soaking in the insanity that is March Madness. While we’re at it, raise your hand if you had Louisville (okay, more than likely you did), Syracuse, Michigan, and Wichita State (you fucking liars!) as your Final Four picks in your brackets.
D) Neck-deep into a new work assignment that has me commuting to an office for the first time in a long while. A pretty long – 40 miles each way! – commute, which isn’t all that bad considering I’m going against traffic, but still, it’s 80 miles each day. At least I’m finally catching up on listening to some podcasts I haven’t gotten a chance to hear. The good news is I’ll be given the green light to telecommute four days a week starting in a few weeks.
E) All of the above
If you answered “E,” give yourself a pat on the back.
In all seriousness, I have been pretty busy with other things in life, so my blog’s been neglected, sadly to say. In addition to not blogging, I haven’t been able to read anyone’s blogs. Case in point: I can’t read the blogs I follow at work, because for some inane reason, there are still people that insist on forcing others to browse the Internet using Internet Explorer, and an outdated version at that, and for one buggy reason or another that I can’t be bothered to explain nor understand, I can’t populate my entire Reader feed through IE. No fucking way. And trying to read blogs through the WordPress app frankly sucks, especially when I seem to be trapped in that one part of town where I can’t get AT&T’s LTE service; once you go LTE, browsing via 4G feels like downloading via dial-up.
Alright, enough of me bitching about my first-world problems…
But I will be making time to catch up and comment on blogs. I’ve been neglecting many of you for a while. I’ve also been meaning to give some further updates on what’s going on with my writing projects. I’ve also been wanting to interview some of my fellow writers and bloggers (YEAH, I KNOW, I’VE PROMISED YOU AN INTERVIEW! I’M GETTIN’ TO IT!), but right now, it’s now a matter of me prioritizing my time.
And by “prioritizing,” that includes college basketball.
Okay, so I did promise you a sneak peak at the cover to “Out Where the Buses Don’t Run.” Here goes:
I wanted to keep things simple, yet have the cover say something about its author, so I went with a photo collage in the hopes that it would portray something about both me and what the spirit and ethos of Out Where The Buses Don’t Run. But I swear, this was a pain in the ass for me. Writing is easy. Designing a cover, especially for someone as hopelessly inept with Photoshop as me, is a pain in the ass. At any rate, I’m fine with the cover, considering it’s my first cover. Because you know what they say about judging a book by its cover…