So far behind on everything.
I’ve got a few weeks’ worth of photos, some for Photo Friday, some family stuff, and a few more that I can’t even get off the camera yet because it’s out of juice and my charger has disappeared.
The following is a portrait of my cousin:
He’s a distant cousin by marriage, actually, and he found me online thanks to my Smoke Blog posts. We’ve talked a lot since, but this is the first time we were able to meet face to face. We had steaks & beers at a local microbrew, then relaxed and chatted with a couple of cigars. It was right after things started ramping up at work, what with the start of the school year, so couldn’t have come at a better time.
I’m happy with how the camera handled this. We were sitting in near-total darkness, but the camera and my Canon 430EX SpeedLite metered it out just fine. I bounced the flash off the white roof of the porch to smooth out the light, and I just dig the result.
And he did, of course, give me a hard time for not finishing Lie with the Dead yet. It’s good that even family is keeping me honest on that one. Lately it’s been more a matter of time than of desire or other issues, but the school year has settled in and things are moving into a rhythm. I’ll get there.
I’ve apparently been too quiet on Twitter, too, as one person asked if I was dead. All symptoms of the same thing: overloaded with work and commitments. This month needs to be a big one for me, though, as once LwtD is done I have a short story that needs revising and a new one due in November. Busy busy busy.
Here’s hoping Autumn is as quiet as I’ve been anticipating.