New novel coming soon, and other news

I haven’t posted here in . . . over 3.5 years, looks like. No time like the present.

The good news is that I’ve been busy in the meantime: as is obvious from the redesign of the site, I’ve got a new novel coming soon, Version Control. Pre-publication reviews have been good so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing it on shelves (February 23). The publicity machine is spinning up, slowly but surely; a couple of events are scheduled around the book’s publication date, with a few more to come in March and April.

I’ve also got a short story in the upcoming anthology Bestiary, edited by Ann VanderMeer and published by Centipede Press: that’ll be out in March 2016 in a luxuriously appointed hardcover edition. And there’s another small project I’ve worked on that should see the light of day this year (probably this spring), but I’m not ready to say much about that yet.

In the meantime, I may (or at least I have the intention to) start blogging here again regularly. The redesign of the site led me to do some thinking about what blogging is actually for in an online environment dominated by social media. I deactivated my Facebook account a while ago, but I use Twitter daily, and it’s something of a window onto the world for me: most of the links I visit show up on Twitter first.

But Twitter’s format is limiting–I use Twitter because in many circumstances that limit is a virtue, but sometimes I want to say something that’s longer than 140 characters, and I don’t want to think about how many likes or retweets it’s going to get. Indeed, sometimes I don’t want to see any feedback at all. Not every online utterance needs a number affixed to it that pretends to indicate its popularity; nor does each utterance necessarily need to be the start of a dialogue.

So this blog will become a repository for things that, for one reason or another, I don’t judge to be suitable for Twitter. I can’t promise that I’ll post here regularly (and if writing fiction picks up speed, I may go silent here again for a few years). I won’t worry about page views or comments. I may or may not link to this site from Twitter, depending on how I’m feeling, but at the moment I’m thinking this blog shouldn’t be something I’m constantly inviting readers to visit, but something they come across through serendipity, or of their own volition.