On Saddles, and Getting The Frakkin’ Heck Back On Them…

There’s a concept in physics known as potential energy. Wikipedia describes it as the energy stored within a physical system as a result of the position or configuration of the different parts of the system. It has the potential to be converted into kinetic energy – motion – and in the process, do work.
I’ve just spent Memorial Day weekend at Balticon, in Baltimore, MD, USA, hanging out with and learning from some of the most creative and inspiring people I know. Authors, producers of audio, artists, (got to meet Howard Tayler, of schlockmercenary.com, and was promptly embarrassed by the implications of the Poke-Ball shirt I was wearing).
There’s been a lot of inspiring discussion. I’ve gotten some good information. I’ve talked with a bunch of people about this project I’m doing at www.flyingislandpress.com, and there’s been some encouraging developments along those lines. I am stoked. Recharged. Repositioned.
But that doesn’t do anyone any good (aside from the warm fuzzies), unless that potential is converted into actual work. If anything, that’s the lesson I’m taking away from Nathan Lowell, P.G. Holyfield, Patrick McLean, Tee Morris, Philippa Ballantine, Mur Lafferty, and everyone else. We only have so much energy to expend in a day. Let’s use that to do good work.

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