Well, it's been another long gap between posts, and even then the last few have been book reviews and not so much actual blog content. Even the book reviews slowed down because I had not been reading nearly as much.
I have also put writing into a slow-burn, occasionally producing just a little bit here and there. Wedding planning, overwork from the "real" job, and just plain exhaustion keep me from the keyboard. Of course, those other things are important, especially the wedding planning, so I don't regret the time spent on them, and some of my creative juices have been squeezed into some special things for the wedding that I am really excited about.
I tried to join a writers group, something that I had wanted to do for a long time and never seemed to actually do. A tendency to be shy among new people didn't help. So I went to a meeting in January, and found it pretty useful, but then being too busy got in the way and I haven't been back since. I hope to go again, maybe after the wedding, and stay a regular attendee.
I have 2 nearly complete short stories on the go right now, and my never-ending revisions of A Separate Breed. The one short was started with the intention of submitting it to an anthology, but I missed the deadline. So I'll finish it and keep it on hold until a good opportunity comes up for it. Same with the other, a zombie story with a cool twist that I don't think has been done before.
I figure I may have some time to write for a bit, because I fell victim to my employer's need to cut their payroll. So while I look for a new job, I'll have the time to devote to the wedding, and even shoehorn in some word processing time. The impact on my bank account means I need to be working as soon as possible, but in the interim maybe this is golden chance to focus.
My fiancee knows me well, and that had this not happened with my job I may not have looked too hard for a better opportunity. I'm going to go with that tried old saying that was texted to me by a friend after hearing of my situation: Everything happens for a reason.
And in this case I'm looking forward to seeing exactly what the reason is.