Friday, January 30, 2015

WORK IN PROGRESS

My writing and other things are progressing on all fronts, but I will still be mostly offline through the weekend. I may not achieve my goal of being back on schedule by the end of the month, but I won't be too terribly far off the mark.

I appreciate the patience of those waiting for something from me. You're helping more than you might realize. 

Convention promoters: Once I get back on schedule, I'll start figuring out my availability re: events you have invited me to. I'll respond as soon as possible.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

TONY'S TIPS #92

This week in TONY'S TIPS at Tales of Wonder...I write about recent issues of Roy Thomas' Alter Ego, Marvelous Mythology and Trina Robbins' Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

NO OTHER WAY

I will be almost entirely offline this week as I finish several projects. But I want to thank my faithful anonymous (and thus cowardly) troll for reminding me of all the successes I have had in my career through his delusional and pathological hatred of me. His identity has been known to me for some time, but he simply hasn't been worth any effort on my part...until now.

I've never made a secret of my problems with depression. It's been hitting me very hard over the past twelve months and it hit even harder starting with the passing of my father in October of last year.  

I fight my depression with the love and support of my family, friends and readers. I do have readers, you see, a joy my faithful troll will never know. Indeed, judging from the stats on this bloggy thing even when I'm on break from it, I have a lot of readers.

I'm sure the troll's latest attempt to post on this blog was his hoping to hit me while I was down. That is and always has been the way of the coward. What he accomplished was to remind me of my many successes - he has none of his own - and of all the future successes ahead of me.  I am recharged and back at work.

I lost quite a bit of ground these past few months, which is why my online presence will be next to nonexistent for the next several days. I will return as soon as possible and, among other things, I''ll announce some of my 2015 convention appearances - I wonder how many conventions my faithful troll gets invited to - and bringing you more bloggy thing fun than ever before.

Once again, my thanks to my ever-so-faithful troll. I know your life is devoid of happiness and any meaning - all your own doing - but you have inspired me. Maybe some day you will find a shred of joy to warm your cold and lonely existence. 

Probably not, but I would never wish your miserable life on any creature. Not even you.

 



Friday, January 23, 2015

TONY'S TIPS #91

This week in TONY'S TIPS at Tales of Wonder...My reviews of Kings Watch (teaming Flash Gordon, Mandrake, and a Phantom), the new Flash Gordon series from Dynamite and the new The Phantom #1 by Peter David and Sal Velluto.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BANGING MY HEAD AGAINST SO MANY WALLS

I've been going through a rough patch for a few months now. My dad's passing hit me harder than I'd expected, even though I knew it was coming. I did five conventions in six weeks. Then there were a bunch of household problems, some sort of mutant cold/flu/virus that's still working its mojo on me and a overwhelming sense of frustration.

I have never lost my passion for writing, but I couldn't connect with the passion in the way that would have allowed me to write. During the darkest of these times - and they did get pretty dark - I actually considered retiring to a life of garage and online sales. I'm 63 years old. People retire around the age or even younger. But...

There are deadlines to be met this week and they are a powerful motivating factor. I'm putting my head down in my usual bull-like fashion to charge forward and meet them. That's probably the best medicine I could have for my "condition." 

I won't be answering the phone for the next several days. I'll be slow on responding to e-mail and online messages. But I'm in this to win this.

Full-scale blogging will resume after I earn my victory lap. See you soon.

Tony



Sunday, January 18, 2015

MPPF! GLLB!

I continue to go through a rough patch, but I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Unless, of course, that's a train barreling toward me. To be continued...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

OFFLINE

I will be offline and otherwise unavailable until I finish some pressing work. I hope to be back online by Monday.