The Annual Journal Meme

Every year, I’ve posted the first line of each month on the blog. Here now are the first lines of 2013.

January

  • “I had a goal to read 100 books in 2012.”

February

  • “People are of two minds about Metallica.”

March

  • “Back in 1990, I remember metal heads getting excited about this new band from Seattle called Alice in Chains.”

April

  • “Today is April Fools Day, the day we make a sport of punking each other.”

May

  • “Federal Marshal Karen Sisco ends up in the trunk of a car with fugitive Jack Foley, who has just escaped prison in the Florida Everglades.”

June

  • “On Easter, I began my trek from Newport-on-the-Levee, across the river from Cincinnati in Northern Kentucky, to Yellow Springs, Ohio, an annual ritual I’ve been doing by bike since 2010, mostly along the Little Miami Trail.”

July

  • “The WJHC studios were not far from TTG Specialty Lines, where Elaine and I had our office.”

August

  • “Every few years, Stephen King puts out a collection of short stories, starting with Night Shift in 1978, followed by Skeleton Crew in 1985.”

September

  • “The SF novel is chugging along nicely.”

October

  • “The votes are in.”

November

  • “In the summer of 2006, someone suggested I try my hand at NaNoWriMo.”

December

  • “This is your only warning.”

The Votes Are In

Over the last couple of weeks, I asked for input on what book I should release next. To recap, those choices were…

  • Bad Religion – the next Kepler novel that still needs a little work
  • The Compleat Winter – the collection of non-Kepler short stories
  • Winter of Discontent – the blog in book form
  • An ebook of me writing about rock n’ roll

To the three of you that voted, thank you.

Seriously, though, the overwhelming opinion is that I should do Bad Religion next.

The Compleat Winter and the rock and roll book tied for second.

Nobody wants to read this blog as an ebook. But then, you already get the blog for free, don’t you?

Bad Religion will appear some time this summer.

The Annual Journal Meme

Every year, I’ve posted the first line of each month on the blog. Here now are the first lines of 2012.

January
It’s that time of year again, the beginning.

February
As I’ve said in the previous four posts on the presidents, the gentlemen who held office from the end of Ulysses Grant’s term to the beginning of William McKinley’s tend to be obscure.

March
I actually got this book from the library after I saw Greene appear on The Big Bang Theory.

April
I finally saw John Carter yesterday.

May
A couple of years ago, I took an English literature class.

June
I had a little trouble with this one.

July
I remember a few years back when I worked at BigHugeCo when a coworker lamented that kids no longer have manners, that kids of our generation respected their elders.

August
I’ve always had mixed feelings about our 28th president.

September
He is the godfather of Cleveland organized crime.

October
Jackie Bouchaine has a small role in Second Hand Goods, but she is pivotal in both Northcoast Shakedown and is central to the third Kepler novel Bad Religion.

November
Robert Parker took a break from his Spenser series to craft this tale of three generations of Boston cops.

December

The Big Switch

If you clicked on jamesrwinter.net and ended up here instead, that’s not a mistake. As you can see from the recent redesign of the blog, Edged in Blue now contains all the same information as the old web site. It’s just easier to update everything in one place.

Plus, if jamesrwinter.com/.net all point here, and jamesrwinter.net becomes the most common address I give out, I can eventually move the blog to a private host or even WordPress Pro without confusing the hell out of everyone if and when that happens.

Of course, that might mean a few changes to how I generate content, but those changes are probably long overdue anyway.

So if you clicked one site and got this one, you’re in the right place. Welcome to my new cyberpad.

The Blog In Review

An annual tradition (which I skipped last year) wherein I recap the first line of the month on the blog.

January – “Yes, a new year has begun.”

February – “Back in November, Nita and I tossed a coin on whether the replace our roof or service the furnace first.”

March – “This year, the Ohio River spilled out of its banks, the result of an unusually snowy winter this year.”

April – “Every year for the past five years, I’ve embarked on a trek to walk or ride the entire Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail.”

May – “I’m typing this just before the President addresses the nation.”

June – “It’s summer (if you go with the hype that summer begins on Memorial Day), and as such, time to think about summer things – like mowing the lawn (a challenge here in water-logged Ohio) and SPF 30.”

July – “Stephen King points to this short novel as one of three novels that define modern horror, the other two being Dracula and Frankenstein.”

August – “Queen City Square is complete.”

September – “Yes, it has returned.”

October – “The Fall Issue of Mysterical-e is now live, including stories by John M. Ford, MG Allen, Anita Page, Sylvia Nash.”

November – “Another in a series of looking West Coast Crime Wave, which features my story “Bad History.” For the next couple of weeks, I will be looking the other stories in this collection from bstsllr.com.

December – “Google is the unlikeliest 800-pound gorilla in technology.”

The Future Of Edged In Blue

Blogging is going to get light around here soon.  I’ve recently agreed to join a new blog I’ll tell you about shortly.

The other driving factors are academics, which I’m forever whining about here and will do so through at least 2014, and writing.  Currently, I’m in the midst of the college term from hell, and everything has suffered, including writing.  Yes, I’ve blogged.  It’s the only writing I’ve been able to get done on a regular basis lately.  However, I need to write… yanno… fiction.  And reviews.  So as work on two ebook projects begins and the revisions to Holland Bay approach, it’s time to cut back.

Having said that, I’ll likely end up blogging more.

It happens.

So Long To The Yahoo Newsletter

Onceupona, I had a Yahoo newsletter that kept everyone apprised of my comings and goings as a writer. After all, I was a debut novelist. I needed to tell the world where I was and what I was doing. I didn’t want to spam people, so I made it a Yahoo Group. That was back in 2003. Since then…

I got a blog.

The Great Publishing Metldown of 2006 happened.

MySpace came and went.

Facebook came.

Twitter came and went.  And came again.

Newsletter posts dried up.

By the time of my last newsletter, there were almost twice as many people getting blind carboned than were subscribed to it.  In the meantime, I tied Twitter to Facebook and linked both to my web site and this blog.  Hmm…

Time to delete the group, which I did last Friday.

So another web technology bites the dust, at least in the Winterverse.  Remember Geocities?  Gone.  You almost never see it nowadays.  Yahoo Groups?  Remember Usenet?  How about FidoNet?  Wow!  Where did the time go?

It probably seems a bit ridiculous to wax sentimental over the end of a Yahoo Group.  But another group host sent out an email, which shocked me.  I’d assumed I’d just forgotten to reset my preferences from No Updates to Email Only.  Nope.  The host just hadn’t posted anything in two years, and the group followed suit.

So why am I waxing nostalgic?  It reminds me of just how long I’ve been doing this and how much has changed since I started.

Just think.  In ten years, I’ll be speaking this blog directly into your brain.

Dance, little minions!  Dance!

Journal Meme For 2009

January
“Happy New Year!”

February
“Don’t have a plan for the Big Game tonight?”

March
“Legendary broadcaster Paul Harvey, he of the pregnant pause and the ads for CIT-rocallll – has died.”

April
“Yes, I’ve been building up to this for some time, with little nuggets of hyperbole like “evil” and “awesome” (which, admittedly, I stole.  ‘Cuz I liked it.)”

May
“Let’s face it.”

June
“It spans the Ohio River between Sawyer Point in Ohio and Newport-on-the-Levee in Kentucky.”

July
“Yes, Mark Sanford is still a punching bag for his affair (and his bone-headed attempt to cover it up) a week later, even after the deaths of Ed McMahon, Billy Mays, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson (but sadly, not Axl Rose).”

August
“Y’all can read this:””

September
“[One of the earliest blog entries here, it reveals a sad chapter in my IT career.]”

October
“Recently, I’ve been going through what I’ve been calling ‘The Magnum Opus,’ a big honkin’, sprawling novel that might have been a bit beyond my ability to manage.”

November

“Maybe another six weeks or so and they’ll have reached the top floor.”

December

“Of all the Christmas specials I watched as a kid, the trippiest was A Year Without a Santa Claus. “