Random Notes on my Birthday

I turned 31 today. I celebrated by working a graveyard shift, sleeping through the day, and then going back to work again. Wheee.

But in better news, June 13 will be my last night working the graveyard shift. After the 13th, I’ll be on a regular 8-5, 5 day a week schedule. I’m hoping this will improve my energy level, my overall mental sanity, and even my writing output, by letting me establish more of a daily routine. As it stands right now, I’m swinging back and forth between a day and a night schedule, which sometimes feels like having chronic jet lag.

It’s been an interesting experience, but I’m ready to get back to normal hours.

In other news, I got to go to Philadelphia on a business trip last week. I had never been to the City of Brotherly Love before, and I have to say, I was impressed. There were a huge number of grand colonial-style buildings (not least of which is City Hall), which gave the city a similar feel to a European capital. I hope I get the chance to go back and explore some more.

Just as we were wrapping up our trip, the Philadelphia Comic Con was shifting into high gear at the Convention Center a block from our hotel. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to stop in and check it out before we left. Instead, we went to see the Liberty Bell, but were thwarted by a Disneyland-esque line (bottom photo, right). But I did get a picture of it through the window.

Various random things that have been going on in the writing world:

-My story Armageddon’s Jester got listed by Jersey Devil Press as one of their favorite stories in 2011.

-My friend Folly Blaine narrated a story for Every Day Fiction that got nominated for a Parsec Award.

-Mark Andrew Edwards, fearless leader of the Cloud City Wordslingers (aka my writing group), had a new story posted at the Mad Scientists’ Journal a couple of weeks ago called Therium 99. It’s one of the funniest stories I’ve read in a while.

And that’s about it for now. 9 more days until I’m off the night shift, woo hoo!