. . . it’s probably because of my new position as a first reader at Strange Horizons. What this means: first (or slush) readers look at unsolicited submissions and decide if they’re good enough to be passed up to the fiction editors for consideration. It’s cool for a couple of reasons — and excuse me while I basically just recycle my application letter here — one, if I ever want to try my hand at editing someday (which I might), this is a good place to start, and two, it seems like a pretty decent way to improve my own writing, which is basically the goal for the rest of my life.
The position is sort of temporary/probationary at the moment, but if everything goes well over the next month, I’ll hopefully be volunteering at Strange Horizons for a while. And honestly, I don’t see the blog taking too much of a hit in the long run — I certainly hope not, anyway, because I’ve already got two movie reviews to finish, not including one for X-Men: Days of Future Past, which I should be seeing tomorrow. But I just thought I’d throw out a warning in case it takes me a couple of weeks to balance a writing/reading/working/sleeping schedule that works for me: if I disappear for a few days more than normal, I’m not dead. Probably.
Now, if you’ll excuse me — I have a little American Ninja Warrior to watch before I go to my actual pays-the-bills job. (Oh yeah. American Ninja Warrior is totally a priority. Writing/reading/working/sleeping/American Ninja Warrior. I know what’s important in life.)