The recent farewell post by Bora, and some of the other explanations for departures, have got me thinking. It's not something I do often, or terribly well. But I found a couple spare neurons to rub together, and I am mulling things over. I'm not seriously considering stopping writing--although it is entirely possible that the new world order will make it such that my audience diminishes tremendously. Or not. I really am not that good at predicting the future. But I do know that one thing I want, before the entire internet goes the way of 8-track tapes, is a good, solid, souvenir. A comprehensive book, a best of the three or so years I have been doing this. I liked Vol. 1, but released it at a horrible time for actual sales; vol.2 was thrown together (completely my fault) in too little time. So I'm starting now, with the thought of having something really and truly worthwhile by Halloween or Thanksgiving (Early November would be ideal, I think.)
I'm saying this publicly, because I have said it privately too often and let it slide. I have received valuable advice and offers of help, which (entirely my fault) I let wither on the vine because I was too busy grading papers.
Anyway... 1) I am opening up for good advice, bad advice, and advice that's not quite sure but willing to experiment. 2) I would really (really) like to hear from you, if you are a fan, which verses absolutely must be part of it, and which verses absolutely should be taken out behind the woodshed and shot humanely. If you would, just leave a comment (positive or negative) in the comments of any that strike your fancy--I'll let gmail compile for me. And don't worry about insulting any of them; hell, anyone who likes them all has lousy taste (even *I* dislike some of them)!
Hey, it might give you something to do while SB is on strike. (what? So soon?)
Again, this is not an "I'm thinking of quitting" post--I owe my readers far too much for that; they have made wonderful things possible for me, and it might take me a decade to repay that.