I have an unusual occupation — I write fantasy for a living.Â This means I’m succeeding in a field where lots of people try and fail, a field lots of people dream about working in.Â I often talk to people who are impressed, who say they’d never have the nerve or persistence or creativity or whatever to be a full-time writer.
Every so often I run into someone from my past who chose an even stranger field, one that strikes me as something I would never have dared to attempt, and that I never would have expected of the person in question.Â There was a friend from high school who became a fine artist — he mostly shows at a gallery in Georgetown.Â Another friend from high school now does special effects in Hollywood.Â There was a guy named Norman who dropped out of Princeton to become a Formula One racer (and was pretty successful, last I heard).
And I’ve just discovered that a woman who roomed across the hall from me at Princeton is now a professional psychic.Â She loves it — she gets paid to talk on the phone.
This is someone with a degree from Princeton — I think in either math or engineering, though I’m not certain.Â And she’s a psychic.
These are very strange days indeed.
Today is arguably my birthday.
I was born shortly after midnight, Eastern Daylight Time, officially on July 26, 1954 — so by standard time, I was born on the 25th.
It’s been very convenient some years having a choice which day to celebrate. This year it doesn’t much matter, so I guess I’ll go with the 26th — which is also Mick Jagger’s birthday. And Castro’s army kicked out Battista on my fifth birthday.
It’s not a bad day for a birthday, the 26th, and I don’t know of anything noteworthy on the 25th.
And naturally, having created this, I find myself with nothing to say.
I still haven’t linked to it myself, but it can be found through Blogger, and I’ve sent out a notice to the site-update mailing list, so people might be reading it. If so — I apologize for the lack of content. I hope to do better in the future.
If there’s anything in particular you’d like to see here, you can e-mail me and request it.
Purely as an experiment, I’ve decided to take advantage of Blogger and add a weblog to the Misenchanted Page. The “Strange Days” name comes from the permanent personal-news thread in my newsgroup on SFF Net, and I expect that much of the same material will appear here.
Thanks to Mitch Wagner for inspiring this.