The Long Silence

It’s been a long time — too long — since I last posted. It’s hard to say why exactly. This past year I’ve rather drawn in on myself and haven’t been as communicative as usual. Perhaps it’s a time of life issue. I’ve also not done much photography, so I’ve not had any new images to use as a photo header. Not that I ever intended this to be a photo blog exclusively, but that’s the direction it took.

Labour Day. The unofficial end of summer. What a relief!

Summer is my least favorite season. I wilt when it gets hot and I lose my energy and direction. Creativity takes a nose dive. Aside from some writing assignments I’ve done little more than plod along with entries in my journal and a lot of reading.

There is much Kindle love here. Of all my electronics, it is probably the most used piece of gear I own, next to my Macbook Air. I love reading books on the Kindle and I’ve recently started subscribing to story magazines via Amazon. Now, as soon as they’re issued, I receive delightful reading material electronically: Asimov’s, Analog, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

I find reading on the Kindle easier on my eyes than reading print books, though I read plenty of those too. I think it’s because I can choose a font that’s just right for my eyes and that I can widen the side margins making it easier to absorb lines of text.

Our summer was punctuated by a week at Sauble Beach, Ontario. It was pleasant, but the weather was hot and neither Marion nor I felt totally comfortable. If we go again, it won’t be in peak summer season.

One of my writing assignments, for Here’s How magazine, was on cloud computing. It’s probably on the stands by now. Another I’m just finishing, again for Here’s How, is an article on using vintage lenses on DSLR bodies via lens adapters. It’ll probably be out in October.

This fall I’ve signed up for an online course called “Writing the Personal Essay.” I’ve always liked reading essays and I’d love to learn to write a good one. Wish me luck.

Thanks for your patience during the long silence.