Wednesday, January 21, 2015


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.



  1. Good luck. Best thoughts! We'll all be here when you get back to blogging.

  2. Five conventions in sex weeks? Either that was a Freudian slip or there was some very interesting cosplay going on.

    Hope you feel better, Tony.

  3. Hope you'll be feeling better both emotionally and physically pretty soon. Just know that your friends are wishing you well.

  4. The "sex weeks" typo has been corrected, but I want to thank all of you for showing either admiration or concern.

  5. Don't stop writing, Tony. Unless or until you actually want to stop writing, something I can't see happening. I wasn't able to write for several years — at one point, a loved one said to and about me, nonchalantly, that I "used to be a writer"; she didn't mean it in any kind of judgmental way, simply matter-of-factly, but it just about killed me. I don't think writers every stop being writers, even if they're not able to write for a spell.