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I hope people haven't been holding their breath for my resumption of blog duties.
There have been a few things absorbing all of my attention over the past few months. My professorial duties have been non-stop. Teaching classes, preparing for a research study, academic-oriented meetings, and more academic-oriented meetings. The latter are a specialty in academic settings. Meetings are planned and called for every conceivable thing. Nonetheless, they are (often unnecessarily) part of the job. When spring semester ended, there was a week in-between before the summer session began. I taught two summer courses – and those are an entirely different animal. Assignments come fast and furious, and both the students and the professor have to stay on their toes. My classes were 6-week sessions and they just ended on Saturday! (The imaginary crowd in my mind is cheering and doing cartwheels.) During all of this brouhaha, our daughter graduated from college (more cheering) and then I caught some miserable respiratory virus that knocked me out for two weeks (the cheering stops; violin playing begins). All by way of saying, with the exception of some book reviews, my blogging came to a standstill.
Two items of personal excitement: First, my second novel (or maybe it is a novella at 50,000 words) entitled Dead Works will be released on September 1. I just received an image of the cover last night from the artist and it looks terrific. One error is being corrected, and once I receive the corrected version the cover will be revealed. Second, I am putting some final touches on my third work, Sweet Aswang, and once I think it is ready to go I will submit that one. By the way, I think Sweet Aswang is the first Type 1 Diabetes-themed monster novella ever published. At least that is my anecdotal conclusion. Finally, I have written about 10,000 words of a fourth piece. I am hoping to make substantial progress on this unnamed work over the summer before the fall semester begins.
Anthony Hains is a horror & speculative fiction writer.