Kayleigh Nicole, January 9, 2014

Kayleigh &PopPop

I’m taking a break from just about everything right now, thanks to the newest addition to the family, my granddaughter Kayleigh. She arrived on Thursday at 1:55 AM, and Pop-Pop is already wrapped around her little finger!

Now starts the molding of a young geek mind, unknowingly aided by her parents, who named her after the mechanic of the ship Serenity.

So Close

Despite this fine catch by Desean Jackson in the second half of last night’s NFC Wild Card Game, my Philadelphia Eagles came up short against the New Orleans Saints, losing 26 to 24 on a game ending field goal. It was the first road playoff win for the Saints in the history of the franchise. It also ended an improbably successful year for the 10 and 6 Eagles under first year coach Chip Kelly and backup quarterback Nick Foles.

Desean Jackson Catch

While we were dissapointed last night, Eagles fans have a lot to look forward to next season!

Only The Beginning

2014As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m going to become a grandfather for the first time later this month, so 2014 is already off to a good start. It also means that my new granddaughter just may have an influence on the content of this site in the coming year. I don’t plan to turn it into Pop-Pop’s photo gallery, but I’ll definitely be talking about my nefarious plans to turn her into a little geekling.

I also have some plans for my reading habits this year. Last year was very uneven in regards to the kinds of books I was reading; there were also long stretches where I barely read anything. What this means is that in 2014 I want to diversify the kinds of books I read and to read consistently throughout the new year.

I also would like to increase the amount of short fiction I read. In addition to my Clarkesworld subscription and the shelves (both real and virtual) of unread anthologies I own, I have a backlog of over 800 short stories from Daily Science Fiction sitting unread in my inbox. I have a lot of catching up to do. So my short fiction goal in 2014 is to read at least one story a day on average.

Last year I published 34 posts here on Fuddster Dot Com. It was a marked increase from the three posts published in 2012, but like my reading, I was very inconsistent. While I averaged close to three posts per month, there were too many months that had only one or two posts. Not to mention last August, with no posts at all.

So the theme for the coming year will be consistency. I’m going to work on both reading and blogging more regularly, and to document the building of a little geek mind once she arrives into this new year.

Happy 2014, everyone!

My December Reads, 2013

Book StackI finally got back to my reading in December, making it a “catch-up” month. In spite of the busyness of the holidays, I finished up an anthology that I started in September, and worked on getting up to date with my Clarkesworld subscription.

 

Machine of Death, Edited by Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo, and David Malki !

I polished off the rest of Machine of Death early in the month, and I’m looking forward to trying the next book of stories in the series, This Is How You Die, sometime soon.

  • Aneurysm (12/2/13)
  • Exhaustion From Having Sex With A Minor (12/2/13)
  • After Many Years, Stops Breathing, While Asleep,… (12/2/13)
  • Killed By Daniel (12/2/13)
  • Friendly Fire (12/3/13)
  • Nothing (12/6/13)
  • Cocaine And Painkillers (12/6/13)
  • Loss Of Blood (12/6/13)
  • Prison Knife Fight (12/6/13)
  • While Trying To Save Another (12/9/13)
  • Miscarriage (12/9/13)
  • Shot By Sniper (12/9/13)
  • Heat Death Of The Universe (12/9/13)
  • Drowning (12/9/13)
  • ? (12/9/13)
  • Cassandra (12/9/13)

Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 85, Edited by Neil Clarke

  • The Symphony of Ice and Dust by Julie Novakova (12/16/13)
  • Bits by Naomi Kritzer (12/17/13)
  • The Creature Recants by Dale Bailey(12/20/13)
  • The Ki-anna by Gwyneth Jones (12/23/13)
  • A Night at the Tarn House by George R.R. Martin (12/23/13)

Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 86, Edited by Neil Clarke

  • Mystic Falls by Robert Reed (12/29/13)
  • The Aftermath by Maggie Clark (12/29/13)
  • Never Dreaming (In Four Burns) by Seth Dickinson (12/29/13)
  • Manifest Destiny by Joe Haldeman (12/29/13)
  • Special Economics by Maureen F. McHugh (12/30/13)

Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 87, Edited by Neil Clarke

  • Daedalum, the Devil’s Wheel by E. Lily Yu (12/30/13)
  • Of Alternate Adventures and Memory by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (12/30/13)
  • Silent Bridge, Pale Cascade by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (12/30/13)
  • 10^16 to 1 by James Patrick Kelly (12/31/13)
  • The Pure Product by John Kessel (12/31/13)

That’s it for all the short fiction I read this year. All told I read approximately 188 stories, encompassing 14 magazine issues, 4 anthologies, and other random readings in 2013. Not a bad reading year for me. With any luck, 2014 will give me plenty of new stories to read!

Another One Bites The Dust

Another year, that is.

Twenty Thirteen was another busy year in a lifetime of busy years, and on the whole, it seemed to be an unoffensive sort of year. Like any year, there were the usual ups and downs.

Blog-wise, I tried a few new things this year; some worked, some didn’t. Regardless, I still managed to publish 34 posts (including this one) this year. It certainly tops the three posts from all of 2012, and almost equals my output from 2011. I think that’s quite an improvement for me.

This year also turned out to be the Year of the Kickstarter for me. In November of 2012 I backed my very first Kickstarter project, a 2013 calendar by Hugo-winning artist John Picacio. In 2013 I backed six additional Kickstarters, including Picacio’s 2014 calendar and the most entertaining Kickstarter ever, Machine of Death: The Game of Creative Assassination.

In the real world, the empty nest that my wife and I were enjoying filled up again when our son came home after obtaining his Masters. We also received the news that our daughter is expecting, with the new geekling scheduled to arrive shortly!

I'm The Princess

I’ve continued to keep track of my reading habits throughout the year. It was an uneven year, but I still managed to get a good deal of reading in. I’m contemplating writing a post that wraps up my reading for this year after the holidays have died down, and I definitely plan to continue logging what I read both here on the site and on Goodreads.com.

2014 looks to be an exciting year for yours truly, I hope it is just as exciting for all of you, too!

Happy New Year!

My October and November Reads, 2013

Book StackMy reading this year has been very erratic at best, and the last two months have not been very productive as far as opening books go. In fact, I haven’t done any leisure reading. At all. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

I have plenty of excuses, of course. October and November have been quite busy. But the fact remains that I finished the last book I read, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, on September 23rd, and the the last short story I read, Cancer (from the Machine of Death anthology), was finished on September 27th.

What now?

Well, I plan to finish up Machine of Death as well as the October, November, and December issues of Clarkesworld Magazine. And just because I haven’t been reading does not mean that my “To Be Read” stacks haven’t been growing. I picked up a few (few = more than a few) books at the Collingswood Book Festival this year, and also brought home some books from The Book Asylum, my favorite local used book store.

Wish me luck!