…A lot of great short stories. 

I’ll be able to talk more about why I am doing this in a couple of weeks. After the Anthology Workshop is finished.

But note that I seldom talk about my reading in this blog. It’s just something I do.

Kris calls me a stealth reader, so it feels odd to actually be sitting out in public where she can see me with a pile of manuscripts (like the old days when we were editing Pulphouse and F&SF).

Reading in my family was a waste of time as far as my parents were concerned. So I learned early on to hide my reading and the silliness of that habit just stayed with me. Stunning that I became a writer.

Reading Andre Norton, Doc Savage, Edger Rice Burroughs, James Blish, Algis Budrys, and others got me out of that horrid abusive house when I was a kid and allowed me to be free among the stars.

So it was worth it to me to take the chance and hide my escapes back then.

That is the reason that writing now has to be an escape for me into a fun world, a place I want to be.

Can’t think of one damned reason to write about anything else.