As part of our continued push toward a leaner and nimbler life, I’m tackling my collection of written material. My first effort, before I tackle my numerous books, is my collection of Analogs, as in Analog of Science Fiction and Fact.
The year was 1983; a coworker and friend named Ted Noble lent me Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot. I devoured it.
I stopped reading mysteries, historical fiction, and everything that was not Science Fiction. In subsequent years, I raced through Asimov’s works, Clarke’s, Niven, Heinlein . . . the list goes on and on. Also, I immediately subscribed to Analog.
But, not just subscribed. I also scoured used bookstores for pre-1984 copies of the publication, including copies from when the publication was called Astounding Science Fiction. My oldest issue is from 1955.
For various reasons, I stopped my subscription last year. I have all of the issues from 1984 through April of 2014 with the exception of two. I surprised to discover those gaps, but given I owned and ran a business, I was always behind in my reading and probably missed the fact a few issues did not arrive. The last issue I read was December of 2007. I might still decide to read the 2008-214 issues, but right now the plan is to sell them all.
I’m a bit conflicted about getting rid of the Analogs but, realistically, I’m never going to re-read them. The surprising thing is just how many of the covers I remember; it’s like visiting old friends. Analog introduced me to many new writers and one of my goals is to eventually be one of the new writers appearing between its covers. We’ll see.
Meanwhile, these old friends will shortly go up on eBay.
The title mentions roses. Remember THIS post? Well, that same rose opened up in subsequent days and looked even nicer. It’s gone now, but it was captured on digital film. Of course, I played with some of the new filters.
That’s the first processing and one that will be tough to surpass.
Well, that’s not too bad. That’s one of the ancient texture options.
This is one of the pencil drawing options . . . I like it.
Finally, one more try with the Neon filter . . .
Still not sure about this . . . . I’m still looking for a good application of this filter.
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The next post will contain Chapter 21 of the 2015 NaNoWriMo work-in-progress and it will go up immediately after this post goes live. As I said, it’s password protected.
Please, don’t just ask for a password just to make me feel good. Unless you intend to read it, don’t ask. I will not feel hurt, I will not cry myself to sleep, I will not hate anyone who chooses not to read my effort. I will, however, get a little miffed if I get asked for passwords by a bunch of people and then only my usual four or five readers actually read the stuff.
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