In looking over my blog I notice it’s been an unusually long time since my last update. Gone are the days, such as summer 2013, when I was doing two (or even three) articles a day! Usually I announce a “hiatus” before I take it, but in this case time has gotten away from me. In any event, I thought I would update you all on what I’ve been up to lately.

I have a number of projects in the works, but most of my free time has been divided lately between the podcast, Second Decade, and the final sessions of the online class I’ve been teaching, the World War II History & Virtual Global Tour, which has been a tremendous success. Just today (March 5, 2018) there are two new episodes of Second Decade up, The White House, Part I, and its companion piece, technically a Second Decade Off Topic episode (because it covers more than just the 1810s), The White House, Part II. I’m really enjoying being part of the Recorded History Podcast Network, with all the great shows on it. In fact, on The White House, Part I, you’ll hear as a guest voice one of the ladies who does the great Art History Babes podcast in a cameo performance as Dolley Madison. It’s great to be connected with some other history podcasters.

As for my class, while it has only one more session to go (and is closed to new students), I’ve decided that there will be another online course offering soon. More details will be coming on that in the coming weeks. Certainly it will be announced here on the blog!

Also, I’m very happy about this, my short story collection Hotel Himalaya: Three Travel Romances is soon going to be available as an audiobook. I narrated the stories and my friend Karl in Germany (you met him in the series on The Last Wacken) did the audio engineering. It will soon show up on Amazon, iTunes and other audiobook retailers. So if you want to hear me in your car on your morning commute, it will soon be a reality! I’m also working on an audiobook for The Valley of Forever, but that project isn’t as far along yet.

I am working on some new fiction projects too. One of them is The Garden of Memory, the sequel to The Valley of Forever, though that project has been moved to the back burner in favor of some other ideas I’ve had. But hopefully I will have another book out by the end of 2018. And the Second Decade book, Second Decade: The Long Dawn of the 19th Century, is also in production.

In short, it’s been a very busy winter! I will try to pick up my blogging game in the next few weeks. In the meantime, enjoy all the cool stuff. I value the community that’s grown up around this blog. I hope you’re all having a good season.

The header illustration is New England Early Winter by Samuel Lancaster Gerry, 1849. It is in the public domain. The cover of Hotel  Himalaya: Three Travel Romances is copyright (C) 2016 by me, all rights reserved.
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