…Ah. That’s better. More room to breathe. Everything on one site or linked from one site. News and Events on a sidebar. A Services section (please do check that out). A Press Kit Section. Nice. My most heart-felt thanks to Luis Rodrigues for altering the Word Press templates, creating the really cool design, and for his advice during the construction of this new site. (We’ll be adding things and tweaking a few things soon.) Thanks also for his friendship.

As some of you may know, I have been living off of my fiction, nonfiction, and editing since February. A lot of people have been very supportive as I’ve made this rather abrupt transition and I’d like to thank them. (My apologies if I leave someone off).

First of all, thanks to Ann who I love so much and who has been so supportive that it has made it all much less painful and me much less stressed. Thanks also to everyone who has helped me in one way or another over the past few months:

Elizabeth VanderMeer, Howard Morhaim, Paul Witcover, Elizabeth Hand, Jay Lake, Peter Cannon, Eric Schaller, Matt Cheney, Rusty Morrison, Ken Keegan, Therese Littleton, Jacob MacMurray, Cat Rambo, Tom Nissley, Byron Rupp, Scott Edelman, Rachel Shea, Michael Dirda, John Scalzi, Victoria Blake, Geoff Manaugh, Sandy Calhoun, Jeren Goldstein, Richard Nash, Brian Evenson, Charles Goran, Richard Morgan, David Larsen, Nick Gevers, Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, Jeffrey Thomas, Paul DiFilippo, Jeffrey Ford, Deborah Newton, David Arthurs, Anne Sydenham, Kameron Hurley, David Moles, George Mann, Clare Dudman, Jim Minz, Joe Gordon, Mark Mustian, Barth Anderson, Nathan Ballingrud, Tobias Buckell, Alex & Heather Hall, KJ Bishop, Mark & Cindy Ziesing, Mike Moorcock, Peter Crowther, Bill Schaffer, Liz Gorinsky, Leslie Henkel, John & Barb Lyons, Robbie Boerth, Mark Wingenfeld, Gwenda Bond, Mark Kelly, Tamar Yellin, Jonathan Strahan, and everyone at my former place of employment who expressed their support (you know who you are, and you are numerous).

Again, I know I’ve forgotten some names. My apologies in advance. Let me just say it’s been humbling to know I have such a good support system and that there are so many nice, cool people out there.

Anyway, I hope there will be a bit of a change now that I can source certain information into sidebars and other categories. More substantive posts, for example. (I’ll also add a blog roll and “Classic Posts” from the old blog, which will still be available.)

So, go ahead and check out all of the categories and information–you’ll notice the old jeffvandermeer.com site is still available–and a huge tip of the hat to my friend Scott Eagle for allowing us to use his art.

Much Love,


21 comments on “Welcome

  1. Jay Lake says:

    Welcome to your new machine, Dr. VanderMeer.

  2. mo says:

    looks classy. well done.

  3. Joe says:

    Looks great, Jeff, nice to see everything under one roof, so to speak. I’ve found WP to be a lot easier and more flexible to use than blogger since we switched to it last year. Can’t wait for the holographic Evil Monkey feature to be added and the live streaming video from Freshwater Squid Watch.

  4. Really like the new site, congratulations.

  5. jukkahoo says:

    And congrats from the far side of the world as well. Looking very nice, this is.

  6. Hannu Blommila says:

    Congrats from me as well. Looks very cool.

  7. Nice digs. Lotsa room and light. Plus the furniture looks nice.

  8. HI Jeff! The site is beautiful and very spiff. Via Jay, I’ve added you to my lj friends so I can keep up with your doings. Congrats on going f/t writer, man. That’s wonderful. (Jessica in Austin)

  9. Hey Jeff–beautiful web site, and very spiff. Congrats on going fulltime writer–that’s wonderful and awesome. Jessica (from Austin)

  10. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Hey–thanks everyone. We’re still working on a few things, like a live feed. And I will be posting more material tonight.


  11. Jake says:

    Beautiful new site Jeff. Is there any significance to the “Ecstatic Days” title? I’m wondering if it’s somehow related to Steve Erickson’s amazing novel “Our Ecstatic Days”.

  12. Mark Terry says:

    Congratulation! I’ve been living as a freelancer, editor and novelist fulltime for going on 3 years and love it. Keep up the good work and remember: freelance careers evolve!

  13. Fabulous new look. Fabulous art. You’re an inspiration to all of us who want to do the writing thing full-time (he says, typing this from his work computer).

  14. Jeff VanderMeer says:


    You got it right in one. Not only is it an amazing novel, but I like to think of this freelancing life I’m living now as being kind of Ecstatic Days. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground–it’s all amazing or it’s in the toilet. And then I got to thinking about how much of a privilege it is to be a writer and to be able to have the time to write fiction and “Ecstatic Days” just seemed like the right title.

    Thanks, Mark. I appreciate the support.


  15. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Thanks, David. Actually, you and your website were highly inspirational!


  16. Gorgeous design! Can’t wait to explore and to enjoy reading blog posts on such an elegant site.

  17. Greg L Johnson says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Nice new site, hope you have nothing but success in the freelancing biz.

    Greg J

  18. Congrats on a lovely new website! And jealousy from here, too, on the full-time writing thing.

  19. One of the nicest looking blog styles I’ve seen in awhile. Kudos to all!

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