I’m extremely lucky to have a number of people who enjoy my work. Not a day passes that I’m not thankful that there are people in this world who’ll buy a book simply because my name is on the cover. The day I take that for granted is that day I deserve to go back to working in the warehouse and being yelled at by a boss I despise. I try my best to make time for my fans and well-wishers when I’m out at conventions, but there’s only so much time in the world and often I’m in the midst of two pressing matters and have to rush off. Nevertheless, I’m happy to meet people in person both at and away from the gaming table.
That being said, I realized a few years ago that I needed to separate my work and my personal life in order to maintain my own sanity and not shatter anyone else’s illusions about me (he said, tongue firmly in cheek). I often joke that I’ve entered the J.D. Salinger/Thomas Pinchon stage of my career.
To this end, I generally don’t accept Facebook friend requests from people not in my immediate circle of friends, family, and old acquaintances. If we strike up a friendship at a convention, I might reach out to you and send a friend request, but I purposely keep my Facebook list small. Please don’t take me not responding to your friend request personally. I think you’re cool and I’m glad you want to be connected with me, but I have to maintain some privacy. Google+ was the exception to this rule and I actively cultivated a network of gamers in my circles. Unfortunately, with G+ going away, this blog will have to take its place. It’s not the perfect solution, but I have no plans to join another social media network at this moment, largely for the reason I just described.
Until I find an alternative that fits me perfectly, consider this blog to be you and me sitting around, smoking and joking, and talking about gaming stuff. I’m glad you’re here.