I wanted to take a post to say thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read through the blog as it has gotten up and running. I'm glad to be able to put stuff up that at least a small number of people are interested in reading. This started as an experiment, and so far, I have been encouraged to continue.
I recognize that much of what I have to say may seem like a fairly hostile attack on some things that many people I know hold dear. Intellectually, yes, I would be disingenuous if I were to claim otherwise. But I do want to make very clear that nothing I write about is personal in any way. Outside of my wife, my oldest friend and my brother, to varying degrees, pretty much everyone else I know could find reason to feel put off by some things I might write. That is never the intention- merely to explain some things about the world the way I see it, and hopefully generate some honest discussion and reflection.
I wanted to say a particular thanks to Joel, Andrew, Aidan, Amy, Tam and Chip, who have taken the time to read and comment, whether on the blog or in other communication. As with anything I write, I owe Brian a huge thanks for his always helpful critical insights, whether it is here or on the rough drafts of the novel. Of course, Jen gets the biggest thanks for trying her best to keep up with the reading and for keeping Charlie off me when I am trying to write.
Looking ahead, I would really appreciate any feedback anyone has to offer. People seem to appreciate recipes, so I will definitely keep those coming. I've also got an idea kicking around for a series of short stories, which I intend to get started on as soon as I post this. When the novel gets a little more sorted out (it is in need of some major overhaul at the moment) I will try and post some excerpts. I'll also probably continue on my one-man crusade to put an end to religious-and-similar faiths, but that's just my own issue.
So once again, thanks to anyone who has bothered to read what I'm bothering to write.