I'm back after taking a blogging break, and have discovered several critics have said very nice things about my story "When Thorns Are The Tips Of Trees" (published in Interzone, issue 219, Dec. 2008). Colin Harvey's review in Suite 101 praises the story as "One of the year's best," while Neil Beynon selected it as one of his top ten stories of 2008. Many thanks to both Colin and Neil for their kind words.
During my blogging break, I finished a good deal of fiction. Among the completed stories is a 5,800 word SF story submitted only moments ago for John Joseph Adams' Federation anthology, a 13,000 word novelette merging SF and fantasy themes, and a 20,000 word hard SF novella. Amazing how not blogging can really increase one's productivity!