I've been quiet this past year, but I've been busy. Right around the time I finished up the prior post on this blog, the one about the publication of the second edition of Insomnium, I also finished reading a book called The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom. Reading this book helped me to pull together a number of intellectual threads I'd been exploring for the prior three years.

It is too early for me to go into much detail on the topic of where my intellectual explorations have led me. Such elaboration will have to wait for a later date.

What I can say is this. In August 2017, I scrapped my science fiction reading list and began reading the Classics, starting with Plato's dialogues. I kept two science fiction books on my list, Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov and MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood. This was solely because I had already read the first two books in their respective trilogies, and I wanted to close those stories off. I finished reading both of those books last year. At the time of this writing, I am in the middle of The Histories by Herodotus and The Laws by Plato.

A closely related parallel in my life is the subject of finances. I realize now that when I started Fuzzy Hedgehog Press, it was much, much too early for me to be starting a small business. A business requires a prolonged investment period before it will break even, let alone generate a profit. I learned a ton from the experience, most importantly that I love book interior layout and cover design, but I must get my financial house in order before I can properly approach these disciplines.

A year and a half ago, I shut down Fuzzy Hedgehog Press. At the time, shocked by the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency, I simply wanted to rid myself of my onerous student loan debt as quickly as possible, and so I nixed my most my onerous expense—the press. I wasn't at all considering what might come after that debt was gone. Now, I find myself within striking distance of being debt free, and I am giving a lot of thought to just how I am going to go about achieving my goals once that day arrives.

I now have a plan. Part of that plan involves shutting down this blog when my renewal comes up this October. The purpose of this is to free up those funds so that I can invest in the future I want to create.

Goodbye for now. I promise, however, I will return stronger and better than I am as I depart.