How does it end up being so long between postings? I don't mean it to be. Actually, in this case I have a few very good reasons. One big reason is that I've been working a lot--I've been making great productive use of my unscheduled no-teaching-required time this summer. All of the work I've been doing is based around the computer, though, so when I have some downtime, I haven't been particularly motivated to spend it blogging. I've been spending time with friends, both local and visiting from out of town, and I've been reading a lot, and working on some minor projects around the house, and trying to spend some time outdoors whenever possible. There may even have been a few baseball games in there. I have every good intention to make this a more active site (goodness knows I have enough to say, particularly as I ramp up for my second year of teaching) but I'm not sure I can, in good conscience, bump it any higher up the priorities list.
I'll admit, also, that part of the posting drought has been caused by the Strange Horizons fund drive. I keep meaning to publicize it, and to encourage everyone to go look at our lovely gifts and prizes, and to give us money. Especially since I've been relentlessly "encouraging" (read: badgering) our staff, contributors, and miscellaneous friends to help us promote the drive, I really should have been doing it myself. But the fund drive hasn't been going all that well. I know, I know, it's a sad and vicious circle--if I want people to donate money, I should be stepping up to do promotional work, but as day after day went by with only this tiny trickle of incoming donations, it's been increasingly difficult to work up the energy and enthusiasm to do publicity. In just the last two days, though, something's happened, and the money's been coming in at quite a good clip. (I don't have the itemized breakdown at hand, but I'd estimate that we received more donations in the last 48 hours than we did in the entire week previous.) Things are looking up at last.
In the next few days, I promise to post on the following topics: the Strange Horizons fund drive, my reaction to the most recent Digital Campus podcast, and something about at least one of the courses I'm teaching next year. (Not necessarily in that order.)