Back to Earth

I’m writing this from several thousand feet over the State of Georgia, on my way back to DC after the 2015 Catholic New Media Celebration (CNMC). No, I am not sporting a cape and tights as I do so. While this will not be a particularly lengthy post, it is an important one for me, in that it marks my return to regular blogging following the past two months of hiatus. And before continuing I want to once again thank all of my readers for their gracious expressions of kindness following the death of my Mother.

There will be some fairly substantial changes afoot here in the coming months. I cannot yet provide a timetable, but I would ask that you keep your eyes peeled so that, as the saying goes, you will not find yourselves caught asleep at the switch. These changes should allow those of you who appreciate reading my fitful scribblings to do so in a better-framed context. My goal is to build upon the last substantial changes I made two years ago, in order to make the perusal of my writing a more user-friendly experience with respect to content, design, and accessibility.

For those of you who have never attended, I should explain that the CNMC is the perfect venue for a media producer looking to step up his game or tweak what he is already producing. It was refreshing to be encouraged to examine my content with a more critical – if not to say jaundiced, á la (Florence) King – eye. Even if, as it turned out, some of the presenters happened to make digs at me during their presentations. You know who you are (Greg Willits and Maria Johnson), and you’re going on a list.

While there was a great deal to process coming out of this CNMC, both personally and professionally, perhaps the most important takeaway was the notion that it’s time to pick up and start again where I had left off: a bit sadder, but hopefully also a bit wiser than I was before I stopped. I hope that your gracious patronage and engagement, gentle reader, will continue as it has lo these (nearly 7) years now. God bless you!

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Somewhere Over Georgia

Announcing the “Chasing Texas” Winner!

Thanks to all of my readers who entered for a chance to win a free copy of my Dad’s first novel, “Chasing Texas”, the story of three generations of men in the same family, making their way across the vast state of Texas. As in “Highlander” there can only be one winner, but the less-messy way of selecting has come down to chance, or in this case a random number generator. I’m pleased to announce that the winner of this giveaway is Cameron Wakefield. Thanks for reading and entering, Cameron, and I’ll be in touch with details about how to get your copy!

For those of you who are interested but did not win. you can pick up either a printed or an e-copy of my Dad’s book over on Amazon, where he is starting to receive some very favorable views. I hope you’ll enjoy it, he worked on it for years, driving back and forth across Texas observing the landscape, the people, and using his literary skills and imagination to create something very engaging and enjoyable. And thanks once again for your support!

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Playing With Technology

Yesterday I had started a blog post, which unfortunately for some reason WordPress decided to delete. It was about 700 words, telling you all about my new phone, and some of the apps that I have been playing with. Even though it was a decent blog post, it wasn’t anything particularly special.

Wherever that blog post draft has disappeared to in the Internet ether, it did make me realise after it was gone how much I miss writing on a regular basis – when it comes to things not related to work. Although I love my new job very much, I find myself so busy during the day that when it comes to writing a blog post for the following day, I often run out of time and energy before I run out of ideas on what to write.

So here I am, finding myself trying out something different in an effort to share my scribbles with you. To wit, I’m using speech-to-text on my fancy new phone, to see if this will help me to draft and then post something for you, gentle reader, in an easier fashion. So far, so good.

Of course, not every post needs to be a 1000 word essay on the merits of Matisse, but on the other hand I do feel a responsibility to all of my readers to make a sincere effort to write something, as often as I can. You do me the honor of subscribing to this blog or visiting this site on a regular basis. I assure you that this is not something which I take lightly.

So I thank you for your continued patience as I try to get back into the swing of blogging. Hopefully you will stick with me as you have over the last 2 months of transition. While the lengthy essays that you have come to expect over the years may be less frequent than before, I do hope that this creative outlet will continue to engage, entertain, and hopefully inspire, as we see what this new year brings.

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