Audio

When I do readings, I like to keep them short. “Always leave them wanting more,” is good advice, especially if you want to sell books.

But right now, I’m challenged in the More Department. Avians doesn’t come out until August, so I don’t have a book to put in your hands. The cover art won’t be finished for another month or two, so I can’t have a poster. What’s an author to do?

Multiple short readings, that’s what. I’m going to do a series of readings from the first chapter of Avians and post them here as MP3 files. That meant upgrading my WordPress account to allow audio files, but as a bonus, ads are gone.

I’ve been meaning to do this for weeks, but I caught a cold, and my radio announcer voice headed down into James Earl Jones territory. Fun for Darth Vader impressions, but not really me.

My voice is recovering now, so today’s the day to make a start. I’ve begun with the BLURB. Check out the new Avians Audio heading at the right side of this blog page. Readings of PLANS, PICNIC, and FLIGHT, the three scenes that comprise Chapter One will follow, at intervals. PLANS is the scene I usually read at conventions, so when I post PICNIC and FLIGHT there will be something new for anyone who wants to hear more. If you’d like to be notified when I post new readings, rather than checking back every now and then, you could take advantage of the new [Follow] button.

Conflation!

Some time ago, I started to find running three blogs difficult. At one time, it made sense to keep my travel diary separate from my writing blog, but lately my travels have been to SF conventions, so keeping the two apart was a bit arbitrary. So now both blogs are combined.

They are merged chronologically. If you scroll down (or page back, depending on your browser settings) you can see all the content of Tim’s Road Noise below. If you weren’t acquainted with it, that blog was mainly about road trips to Washington and Oregon, and occasionally California. The emphasis was on food and wine. Winter vacations to Mexico occasionally appeared, and sometimes weekend trips to Winnipeg.

All future posts concerning travel, food, wine, restaurants, road trips, SF conventions, writing workshops or whatever will be here, under the Timothy Gwyn Writes banner. I will try to use effective tags and categories to help readers find what interests them. I won’t be offended if people read some posts more than others.

My third blog, Lake of the Woods Ice Patrol, will remain separate. It’s an entirely different animal, being more of a public service than a personal journal. It’s only active between March and May, as it is exclusively about the spring thaw in Kenora’s cottage country.

On the whole, I’m happy to quit drawing a line down the middle of my life and say this thing was about writing, and that thing was about travel. One day, if I become massively famous, I’ll have to figure out how to stop hordes of autograph hounds from dogging my every restaurant visit. That would be a terrible problem to have. I might have to stop pre-announcing my dinner plans and just do the write-up afterwards.

Tech details: since both blogs were on WordPress, I just exported Road Noise and saved the resulting file. Then I imported it here and waited for the WordPress elves to do their thing. I have removed the link from this page to Road Noise.

Still to do: decide which theme works best, or consider a new one. Simplify my web page to reflect the merger. One day, I may even install an automatic redirect on Tim’s Road Noise.

Merge!

A little over a year ago, I split this blog in two. Tim’s Road Noise has remained my intermittent vacation blog, while news of my writing life moved to Timothy Gwyn Writes.

However. It has become increasingly difficult to separate the two. My vacation travels often include a visit to a Science Fiction convention now, and I end up blogging both the con and the restaurants nearby. Some topics don’t fall neatly into either category. Also, some followers started by reading the travel posts here and took up following my writing blog as well.

I propose to merge the two blogs into one again. I will assign category labels to each post to make it easy for those readers who are interested more in one topic or the other.

This brings us to the question of which blog will host the combined content. Tim’s Road Noise is older, and contains far more photographs, but the web address is an awkward one. And whereas Road Noise has always been intermittent, going live for short bursts only when I am on vacation, Timothy Gwyn Writes is more consistent, with a steady trickle of posts. So I’m going to move all the Road Noise content to TGW.

There is one other reason. This summer’s vacation has been cancelled. We had been planning a trip to Spokane in August. I was going to attend the World Science Fiction Convention (home of the Hugo Awards, and called Sasquan this year) and then check out Mt. St. Helens for some book research before we visited some of our favorite wine country spots in Washington and headed home. This is not a good time for me to leave Canada, as I have two new coronary stents. I’m feeling fine, but health insurance might be a problem.That leaves Road Noise with a very long hiatus.

Perhaps later in the year we might visit Halifax. Yes, there’s an SF convention there, too, called Hal-Con. It’s on the Halloween weekend. We could check out the Cabot Trail beforehand and we might pop over the Confederation Bridge for a look at Prince Edward Island.

Tim’s Road Noise will still be here, at least for a while, but there will be no new posts. Our trip to Halifax, if we go, will be written up on Timothy Gwyn Writes. The familiar Drive: and Dinner Debriefing: headers will be there to help everyone to find the travel articles and restaurant reviews.

If the merger works as I expect, the posts will be in chronological order, and for periods when both blogs were active, such as last fall’s visit to Ottawa for Can-Con combined with a leaf-peeping road trip through New England, the posts should be interleaved. Like my life.

New Look

I have updated the visual style of this blog. This new theme makes the links stand out more from the ordinary text, which is something I’ve wanted to enhance for a while now. Bonus feature: it allows different pictures to take turns at the head of the page.

Road Noise has a new home and a new direction.

I’ve been meaning for some time to move Road Noise from Blogger, which is a division of Google, to WordPress, which is not. Some of my writer friends seem to like it here. I see the old posts have imported successfully, including the photographs and related formatting. I’m impressed by that. I have work to do on the design – this theme makes the links hard to spot, and I don’t much like the font. So brace for impact, there may be a dizzying series of design changes.

I’m also broadening my horizons. One or two road trips a year doesn’t make for very steady posting, so I think I’ll diversify a bit. This will enable me to work on my blog when I should be working on my books.