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I wrote this on Facebook the other day:

"One of the reasons I seldom use Livejournal anymore is that I have become fond of ephemerality. I'd never delete my LJ, as that would be dishonest and destructive, but sometimes I cringe to think all my angst and foolishness and tilting at windmills is still out there for anyone to read. There's a lot to hate about Facebook, but I do like the out-of-sight, out-of-mind quality of it."

A love of ephemerality is not necessarily good; taken to extremes, it causes me to live something of a fly-by-night life. Expired driver's licenses and such. It's also freeing, though, not to give a damn about one's own words. Yesterday, for the first time in maybe two years, I was in a Barnes & Noble. (Due to poverty and poor book-buying impulse control, I try not to go to bookstores anymore unless there is a particular book I want, and then I usually patronize one of the local independents. For everything else, I have rediscovered the wonders of the public library.) I always used to check bookstores to see if they had any of my books, and if they didn't, it would invariably annoy me. But I had been browsing in this Barnes & Noble for twenty minutes before it occurred to me that I could check. And then I realized that I didn't really give a damn if they had them or not, so I never did look. (I did buy The Babylon Rite by Tom Knox, who has the best tortures of any suspense writer I've ever read.)

[ETA: If you want to friend or follow me on Facebook, go here, or look up Billy Martin of New Orleans. All are welcome.]



( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 4th, 2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
Is your FB open for friending? I've missed seeing your posts here. If not, I totally understand. :)
Jul. 4th, 2014 08:30 pm (UTC)
Yes! Here's a link, or if it doesn't work, I am Billy Martin of New Orleans.

Jul. 4th, 2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
nice to see you here
i like yer lj...i have a grand total of like four friends here, you are one of them.
Jul. 4th, 2014 08:29 pm (UTC)
What a coincidence... I was just idly speculating about you this morning, and hoping that your absence from here was a good thing and not a bad thing.
Jul. 4th, 2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
Do you miss writing as a professional? Have you thought about writing in a different genre or at least different than the ones you've done previous? Forgive my ignorance if this is something you talked about on here before, but I've been curious.

You know, in the name of Science and all.
Jul. 5th, 2014 06:45 am (UTC)
Re: Writing
I don't miss it at all, truly. Just the thought of it is exhausting. Visual art feels so much more natural to me these days.
Jul. 5th, 2014 07:03 am (UTC)
Re: Writing
Have you done any sequential art?
Jul. 6th, 2014 06:59 am (UTC)
Re: Writing
I'm not sure what that is.
Jul. 6th, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Writing
Otherwise known as comic book art.
I'm thinking of guys like Alex Ross and John Romita Jr.
Jul. 8th, 2014 03:31 am (UTC)
Re: Writing
Oh, duh. No, I haven't. I'd be open to it, but I don't think human figures are one of my strong points.
Jul. 8th, 2014 04:43 am (UTC)
Re: Writing
Maybe a different style of humanoid figures? Like what Dan Brereton did with his Nocturnals series, or what he's recently done with the character Beta Ray Bill from Thor.

Besides, what's the point of a boundary if you can't push it every now and then? :)
Jul. 4th, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
Good to see you here, sir. Course, I see you elsewhere online, too, and that's also nice.

Randomly thought of you when I looked up a road name I'd remembered from years ago. A call center customer had an address on what that center's records listed as "Dickstown Road" in Bumpass, Virginia. I double-checked that, and sadly learned that it's DIGGSTOWN, not Dickstown Road. But it's still in Bumpass! (Which has to mean "Bum Pass," but I leave it open to interpreting.)

See? LJ makes it easy to share this with you! Course, SO DO OTHER ONLINE PLACES.

Peace, Doc.
Jul. 4th, 2014 10:01 pm (UTC)
I've been wondering about you. Didn't know you were on FB again.
Jul. 5th, 2014 12:18 am (UTC)
added you ( Nico Murray). Was wondering what was up, how you were doing.
Jul. 5th, 2014 01:28 am (UTC)
As a librarian, I feel compelled to say: Welcome back. And thanks for rediscovering us.
Jul. 5th, 2014 08:35 am (UTC)
There you were and are! I missed your writings.
Jul. 5th, 2014 02:43 pm (UTC)
I enjoy you on Facebook, Billy, but am nevertheless delighted to read you here. If you have poor book buying impulse control do NOT get an e-reader... Oy!
Jul. 8th, 2014 09:11 pm (UTC)
Ephemerality has its charms for sure. I sent you a friend request for FB!
Steven Fletcher
Sep. 12th, 2014 02:38 am (UTC)
That's funny; I always look for your books when I enter a book store too. First thing. I start in the B's and look for you, Octavia Butler and William Burroughs. It's the same as when I enter a record store. I'm overwhelmed and have to remind myself of what I like by visiting my favorites. I also get frustrated when I can't find them.
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