Friday, January 22, 2010

I'm Not Here

Well, not enough anyway. I stop in periodically and see numerous posts I'm interested in, then try to read the ones I'm most interested in based on the subject. Because...

I'm rewriting the ending of the novel I've been working on, and I'm editing for two magazines (Swill and Monday Night), the former of which is reading submissions right now ( for guidelines, etc.), the latter having moved on to the editors talking about which submissions we're going to accept.

So far, none of those things are financially profitable. As I have a wife and two kids, there is a whole lot of other time going to a job that generates income and to spending time with family.

Oh, and I'm beginning to suspect my next car repair may involve a shotgun.

I know this doesn't matter to that many people, but to the people who read this blog: hey, that's why I may not have commented on a post that would have interested me had I read it. If you've posted something and want my opinion, let me know. If you're someone who doesn't have my email address, send something to and I guarantee I'll look at it. However spammy you may appear.

This thing where life is finite just fucks with my schedule. Off to work on novel, ignoring several recent blog posts that interest me. Cheers all.


jenniferpkelly said...

Rob, if you're not here, who is writing this?

seriously, don't worry about it. We all do what we have time for.

robp said...

Hey, Jen, thanks. I just know I'm missing out on good shit. And I've never been practical in that regard. I don't want to choose, I want everything.

Allison Landa said...

No excuse needed, dude. Your presence is welcome when it's there and missed when it is not, but as Jennifer said, we all do what we can.

robp said...

I didn't intend this as an excuse. I like to respond to the posts of people I like. Just wanted to clarify if I hadn't responded to the sort of things I'm likely to respond to.

What's happened in the past is I get totally into one online thing, then something happens and I drop it altogether.

I spent a chunk of time on Mog, which worked for me as a great music-social site, then moved over to Multiply, which for a while worked so well for me that I found it anti-productive; I did little else.

At some point I switched over to blogger, which was fine for a while but I don't think I ever felt part of a community here. And if I'm doing a monologue, well, I'm writing a novel, so I don't need another outlet for that.

Thing is, I feel like I built some pretty good online friendships through Mog and Multi, and a lot of those people are folks I no longer feel close to. But I would, if I heard from them.

It's only a few people I feel like I've lost, and I'd get them back if this online stuff worked properly, and maybe eventually it does. But, although I think it's only a few people I miss who matter, it's part of having this big group I was a part of that kept me in touch with those few.