Friday, August 27, 2010

Where have I been?

A reader wrote to ask me what I've been doing for the last 18 months.

That's a good question. The answer is: Nothing spectacular, just trying to keep my head above water. That's proven to be more of a challenge than I anticipated.

My mother's death hit me harder than I expected and I've spent months in a semi-depression. I'm just climbing out of that now, as evidenced by this post.

One positive thing is that I had a short story published in Analog (May issue) which represents the first fiction I've completed and sold since my heart surgery in 1999.

So I guess I'm on the upswing. Watch this space.



Chris Kurtz said...

Glad to see you post, Rick! Hope to see more from you in the future!


Anonymous said...


Sorry to hear about your mom. Congrats on getting your story published, and I will *definitely* keep watching this space!

Codo said...

Hope things start looking up for you. I've just been introduced to your Wizardry series. As a programmer myself, I find the series so far (Bane/Compiled) highly entertaining. I loved Alaina's 'tech support' call! I'll be grabbing WizBiz II eBook later tonight. Merry part.

-jul- said...

Good to see you again!

Jonathan said...

Congratulations. Keep on swimming!

Anonymous said...

i just finished reading your two books from the baen free library. they were awesome. although i wish i had stumbled upon these on my last trip overseas. they are very re-readable and i cant wait to read the rest of them i am buying them all when i head back over. i am srry bought your loss and wish the best. take it easy.

John Morrissey

Anonymous said...

The death of a parent is very hard to deal with. I still think of things that I want to talk about with my father, then realize a few seconds later that he's no longer here to talk with.

I've greatly enjoyed your work, so I (selfishly) hope to see more. But believe me, I certainly understand some of what you must have gone through.

Congratulations on the sale!

George Ellis said...

Glad to see you about Rick. Words can comfort some, but time is the workaround (let's face it, it is at best a patch, not a fix).

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Phil said...

Hope everything will be well with you. Thank you for the privilege of being transported to your worlds.

Anonymous said...

May Peace, Love, and Strength be with you always

A fan

Unknown said...

Glad to see you're still there, Rick!

I've just finished "Wizardry Quested", and now I'm looking forward to tackling "Recapitalized". And I know it's going to be good.

Thank you for the books.

Unknown said...

I hope that you can begin writing again soon. I enjoy rereading your stories again and again.

Michael said...

So sorry to hear about your mom. The news about the story in Analog is great. Now how to find a back issue in this gawdforesaken place. Mike

Anonymous said...

Rick, I do understand the depression and loss with our parents' deaths. My father, the old pilot, died in Sept of 2002. My mother, the lady gifted in connecting everything with everything else, died in May of 2007. I had focused on their care for years, then had to focus on settling their affairs. It does make it difficult to move on to the rest of life. I hope that you find firm ground to stand on and the desire to fulfill your own goals, whatever they may be.
Warm regards, as always. M. Raymer Lambert

Unknown said...

Hey Rick - lost track of you when BIX went under. Sorry to hear about your troubles - you never get over loosing a parent (or a kid, or a spouse, or even a dog I suppose) but you do find that you can live with it, after a time.

I still have all the stories you wrote and published, and would love to see a few more coming out. :)

-Paul Raulerson

Jonathan said...

I stayed up late last night rereading your 1989 sf novel, Limbo system. I enjoyed it; well conceived and well executed.

The price tag is still on the back; I see that it originally cost me 44 crowns in a bookshop in Stockholm...

Unknown said...


I'm sorry to hear about your mom. I'm glad to see you back writing again. It's been a long time since we've heard from you.