I'm getting things ready for the annual study tour to Ireland. For nearly thirty years I've been leading student groups to England, Scotland and Ireland. It's a great experience for the students, and my wife and I enjoy leading the groups. You can read about the last year's group and this year's on Facebook at this site: http://www.facebook.com/Rick.Wilber?ref=profile#!/pages/USF-Travel-Study-Tour-to-Ireland/198118125178?v=wall&ref=ts. The trip is sponsored by the Study Abroad program at the University of South Florida, where I've been teaching for some twenty years.
This year we'll visit London for a few days first, where we'll not only visit the main sites (St. Paul's, the British Museum, Parliament and Westminster, and a lot more) but also take a day tour to Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and Bath. Then we're off by train and ferry to Dublin for several days, then over to the University of Limerick where we'll be in residence for a week, and then down to County Kerry, where we'll spend most of another week before heading home. Lots of academic work, lots of great places to visit, and lots of great people. I'll post a few times here and on Facebook while we're traveling and studying. You can read my Facebook posts at: http://www.facebook.com/Rick.Wilber?ref=profile#!/Rick.Wilber
Meanwhile, I want to post a heads-up for everyone on several items of interests. Actually, that's "Several Items of Interest," a novella that will be in the October issue of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine. There's also a short story, "Blind Spot," that I co-wrote with good pal and great writer Nick DiChario. The story is coming out in, I think, the September issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine.
I'm also working on a major textbook project for Allyn & Bacon/Pearson. I have been teaching an introductory course in mass communications for many years and I'm excited now to be writing an innovative ebook for that course. I think it's going to be terrific when it's all said and done. Right now, for me, it's mostly a lot of hard work, but it's material I know well and I'm hugely interested in, so the work is enjoyable, if challenging.
I also have a few other projects under contract. More details on all the writing coming up soon, with a separate post about each project.