I’m up and blogging again, to support both my return to science fiction with the revision and re-release of Exordium, and my freelance writing and editing service, Creative Impact.
It’s going to be interesting, trying to serve both audiences (although at times it feels like there’s more commonality between science fiction and high-tech marketing than there should be). I suppose I could have created two blogs to keep my major online identities separate, but as a convinced Quaker, it seems to me that living into the Testimony of Integrity (not to mention Simplicity) requires doing it this way.
That’s not to say I don’t post elsewhere: I’ll be populating the sidebar with other places I can be found, but this will be the place to come for what Justine Lee Musk calls “epic shit,” the kind of writing that supplies “a larger meaning that people can buy into, and engage with, and return to. That improves their lives in some way. Makes the world a better place.”
Of course, that doesn’t rule out humor or light-heartedness. God forbid I should perpetuate the image of Quakers as “grumpy people in funny hats,” as my wife puts it. There will always be room for fart jokes here. But I’ll leave the microblogging and doubletakes to Facebook and Twitter; this will be the place to stretch my prose and, I hope, build a community of online friends and readers.
It will also, I hope, be a place for civility, where “to bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d” in a dance of mutual respect. That’s something I often have trouble with, being a little too fond of the Augustinian statement that
“Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.”
I hope I can communicate my passions, and learn from yours, while maintaining the Friendly vision of “that of God in every man.”