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My fancy upgrade on this page was up for renewal in July, but I decided to cancel it since this website hasn’t been my primary focus lately. That doesn’t mean the blog is disappearing. It’s just getting a downgrade to the free version. This will allow me to focus my marketing budget on getting Monolith of the ground.

Speaking of which, with the help of Sydnie Beaupre, and several other Creative Writers, I’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the marketing and production costs for Monolith. We’re up to £59 so far. Here’s the link, I’d be very grateful if you sent some potential backers for this project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/creativewriters/monolith-the-creative-writers-anthology-series/

If you haven’t been following along and don’t know what Monolith is yet, I’d be happy to bring you up to speed. I’ve been rather thoroughly involved in running a Facebook group called ‘Creative Writers‘. I got a notification back in February that the group was about to be closed down because it had no admin and only 32 members. Something in my gut told me to run with it, so I did.

By promoting collaboration, support, and offering them the Monolith opportunity, the admins and I have been able to grow the group to 8,745 members. Monolith volume one: New Beginnings, will be the first in a new series of anthologies. Each short story collected within are written by members of the Creative Writers group.

Since I want the Monolith collection to be impressive, my fellow admins and I read every story submitted to make sure they’re nothing less than excellent. Even my own story will have to meet our high standards. Every story we reject receives feedback and help to improve the story, and we tell them in plenty of time to re-write and re-submit.

At least we are right now. The sooner we get the story, the more time you’ll have to re-write. However, you could also use the time to write it really well, and then you won’t need our feedback. 🙂 If you’d like to know more about the Monolith project as a writer, join the Creative Writers group and ask. If it sounds like a project you’d like to support, then please become a backer on Kickstarter.

So far we’ve had about 30 submissions and accepted 12 of them, and the deadline isn’t until August 31st. This is going to be a big book, of impressive stories, and it’s going to priced high to reflect the high quality of the writing. This also means we’ll be able to pay the writers better than most other small publishers. We’re Independently Traditional.

At the moment we’re not a registered business so the money we raise on Kickstarter will be used to jump all the hurdles necessary to make this legit. We have members from all over the world, so there’s going to be a lot to figure out and overcome. It’ll be a great experience though and the more obstacles in our path the more we’ll learn. So far though, the development of the idea into a real anthology series is going pretty smoothly.

There have been a few issues in the group. Minor squabbles and trolling, but far less than I’ve observed in other writing groups. I think the questions we designed for member requests help with that, and the atmosphere of community and support. I also couldn’t do it with my admin team. Irene, Jessica, Prawal, Sydnie and Anya. They share the responsibility of keeping people talking, putting out fires, decided who gets to join, and reading through the story submissions, and they do an amazing job.

Sydnie also made us this:

If you’re a bookseller and want to skip the middle-man, I’m also selling pre-orders of the Monolith anthology. TheRRP for the finished paperback will be £29.99. You can pre-order copies of the Monolith anthology in bulk for £10 each, with a minimum order of £100.

The price is set high to reflect the quality of the writing and the value of the book. Feel free to sell it at a discount, £10 off, 50% off, and still make a profit. 🙂

In other news, since I’m spending so much time on the Monolith project, my girlfriend has decided to move out. We’re still friends, but she’s feeling neglected. Understandable really since I’ve been fairly obsessed. Not many women are going to tolerate being put second to my writing career unless they have something to be obsessed about themselves.

I’m in no hurry to get into another relationship. Anyone who has been following my blog for a while will know that I agonised over the writing or dating debate, sure that I would spend all my time maintaining the relationship and I’d be forced to sacrifice my writing. At the time I had no idea that the Creative Writers group and the Monolith project would demand so much of my time that my partner would be neglected.

Now I know that I would sacrifice romantic love for my love of writing, it would be unfair and unreasonable to attempt a relationship again until Creative Writers’ Press has matured to self-sufficiency. I have no intention of retreating from the world though. The best way to write believable characters is to observe and interact with real people. I’m actually going to try and get out more. I can write anywhere.

She’s already collected all her stuff. It stings a little to look at the room without any trace of her left in it, but at least we’re breaking up on good terms.

I’m going to wrap this up because I’ve just had an idea for writing prompt generator cards that I need to play around with. Maybe I’ll ask the group to help. 🙂 I do this while realising that it’s exactly this tendency to be thinking about the writing business by default now that drove Laura away. This is who I am and I like it.

Have a great day. 🙂

 

 

Target Acquired!

I didn’t share my last article much. It was a rant really. An emotional outburst and not really worth sharing. However, it inspired be to have a chat with my girlfriend and start a GoFundMe campaign to help us get our own place.

It occurred to me that one of the reasons I had been feeling down lately was that I missed my family in Wales. In particular my nieces, Imogen and Bethany. They’re my sister’s girls. I came back to the UK to be with them and be a part of their lives again, which I’m not doing. I’m in Dalton, they’re in Kidwelly. So the new plan is to save up for a place in either Kidwelly or Carmarthen.

We already sort of had this plan, but we were aiming for a place in Dalton together, my girlfriend and I. The place we were sort of aiming for was rented to someone, which is only right because we have not saved up for it yet, but it was still a little disappointing. It was also disappointing to discover that the money that I thought we did have saved up towards our own place had vanished to pay a credit card bill.

There’s still a big chunk, £500 last time I checked, that needs to be paid off. We both agreed that we should pay this off before saving up for anything else. As I’ve already said in the GoFundMe campaign description, we’ll be saving too. I don’t expect to get something for nothing. In fact, we might end up reaching the goal all on our own. Really the GoFundMe page is a declaration of my intent to the universe. If no-one helps it won’t really matter, at least I’ve put it out there. It gives me a target I really want to hit.

Having a goal will help keep me motivated to write as I continue to explore ways to make money doing it, working on short stories for magazines and other publications, adding to and promoting Hermes925, and building on the progress I’ve already made. I like working at the Whitewater Hotel, and I’m clearly doing well and impressing people. I have no intention of being sucked into a career there.  My writing is my career, the part-time job is just to help support me while I write, and help me save up.

The advantage of saving up slowly would be that I’ll have more time to hone my craft and more time to build up passive income sources. With luck, by the time I’ve saved up the £5000 minimum I’m aiming for, I’ll be able to rely on my writing to provide us with an income, and any extra savings will help support us while Laura looks for work.

We could also thoroughly research the job market and rental properties in advance so that when the time comes to move we’ll have both a great rental property and work lined up when we get there.  If we do get help and manage to do it all with money left over, the remainder will be reinvested toward our next goal. The next goal will probably be some sort of self-published anthology working in collaboration with the writers I’ve made contact with on Facebook and other social media sources.

I have already found that writing is coming easier having had this mini-revelation. In addition to this article, and the GoFundMe campaign, I’ve also finally written the Hermes update that I haven’t been able to get out on paper for weeks. You can check it out here: 13/14 Infestation.

It can be a little frustrating finding Hermes pictures. I like to have a picture for each update. It looks prettier on the website and Facebook that way. The problem is that I can’t find the pictures I want because the scenarios I want to illustrate don’t exist yet. This time I was looking for a Ratkin that looked like it was diseased, plagued or blighted. It’s hard enough finding pictures of rat-men that look right, nevermind ones that look sick.

I tried looking for a picture of a Ratkin fighting a Nymph again. Once more finding a picture of a giant bug fighting a bi-pedal rat was impossible. I even tried just finding an image of the ‘library’ described in the update, but it’s hard to find a picture of a library, study or desk that looks like it was made by evolved rats from materials found on a spacecraft, in a room tunnelled out of mycelial foam insulation. I setteld for this one, but it doesn’t really do the job.

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That book doesn’t look like rats made it. They will have had 3D printed books supplied by the AI, but I doubt the Ratkin’s primitive attempts to reverse engineer the craft of bookmaking would have such classic fantasy results. I feel like the scrolls would more likely be a papyrus-like substance made from the roots of plants. The Tunneler Ratkin live mostly in the bulkheads of the ship, so they would only have easy access to plants that have grown tendrils between the panels. And perhaps some that have taken root in the insulation burrows. Certainly nothing very tree/wood like. The desk itself is wrong, as is the weapon that would probably be made from chipped ‘scrap’ or crude iron.

The Tunneler Ratkin live mostly in the bulkheads of the ship, so they would only have easy access to plants that have grown tendrils between the panels. And perhaps some that have taken root in the insulation burrows. Certainly nothing very tree/wood like. The desk itself is wrong, as is the weapon that would probably be made from chipped ‘scrap’ or crude iron.

The deeper I go into the story, the more I need to find an artist willing to collaborate with me. Not only by creating original work inspired by each entry, but by co-administrating the Hermes925 pages on Facebook and Patreon, and help me with marketing and promotion. Such an artist would be entitled to a share of any profits. There’s only going to be any profit if everyone involved in the project works their arses off to make sure the project is successful.

If you’re interested in collaboration, please contact me. If you’d like to help my girlfriend and I get our own place and start a new life together, please contribute to the GoFundMe campaign. If you’d rather support my writing career by paying just a little each month, and in return, getting notified when I write anything, check out my Patreon Page. You can also subscribe (below) or donate via paypal.

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Why Don’t I Just Quit?

I’ve actually been thinking about quitting writing quite a lot. Writing is hard work and takes up a lot of my time. I told myself that I needed to do this, for me, that no matter what. However, I’m beginning to worry that my friends and family see me as selfish and foolish, and would prefer that I give up this dream of being as well known an Author as Neil Gaiman, George R R Martin or Anne Rice.

My close family. My parents and my sister, are being very supportive. My Sister has even challenged me to finish Hermes925 by the summer, and I wouldn’t be able to muddle by at all if it wasn’t for the monthly financial assistance from my Mum and Dad. The rest of my family, however, have not become subscribers or shown much interest in my writing whatsoever.

I currently live with my Grandparents. I don’t expect them to become patrons, they are already doing more than enough by giving me a roof over my head and a place to sleep until I get back on my feet. They used to feed me too, but they can no longer afford too and I worry that I continue to be a drain on their budget. Their electricity and water bills must have gotten higher since I got here, especially with my girlfriend spending all her time here too.

That’s partly why I took the part-time job. I want to help out while I’m here, contribute to the bills and groceries. I’d still rather pay for it by writing, but the income from my Patreon.com page is only up to $15 (£11.95) per month. I also want to save up to get a better place for me and my girlfriend. I’ve seen gaming tables bigger than this room. I’m only working 2-3 days per week, but it’s already put a strain on my writing time.

 

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This was posted to Facebook the same day I was told I needed to do more chores.

 

I’ve been asked by several members of the family to help Grandma and Grandad with dishes, dusting, and other little cleaning jobs. This is completely reasonable and the least I can do for the generosity they’ve shown me. One family member has asked me to also begin taking over the larger jobs. Typically Grandad likes to do these jobs himself and has never asked me to help. However, I don’t want to further alienate my family.

I know some people manage to write entire novels in just 2-4 hours per week, but I honestly don’t know how. This blog is about the only thing I freewrite in one draft. Hermes925 always gets at least two drafts. The rough draft is written on paper first, purposefully forcing me to rewrite it when I transpose it to the computer. The second draft is always much better than the first. I usually rewrite it again when I transpose earlier entries for publication elsewhere. I’m currently behind on the story, but you can read the most recent entry here.

As you probably know, Hermes925 also drew the attention of Project UbiquiCity, and I have a story I’m writing for them. The current draft is due at the end of this month. It’s not going to happen. It would be logical, of course, to be working on that right now instead of writing this rant, but the writing process is seldom logical. I often find that a story I need to get written just isn’t coming to me, but another story, or an article, is screaming to get written instead.

I don’t mind much that the science-fantasy story (the one about a physicist that can see faeries) has been put on a back burner for now since I’m stuck. I haven’t had any idea how to proceed with the rough draft for weeks. I do feel like I need to start the second draft. Perhaps something will change in the rewrite that will solve the impasse. I don’t have time right now.

I’d also like to begin re-writing my ghost story. The original was a short story in the form of a single letter written by a man who has was so obsessed with ghosts that he researched how to become one, and then killed himself with the intention of haunting the story itself. I hoped to send chills down the spine of the reader. It didn’t work and it got rejected by the magazine I submitted it to. So I now plan to write a longer story about the investigators that find his mutilated corpse, and show the reader what it’s like to be haunted by this ghost instead of relying on their imagination. I don’t have time right now.

I need to prioritise UbiquiCity and Hermes925, and also make time to help my Grandparents more, and continue to work the part-time job at the Whitewater Hotel. There are som many ideas swimming around. Sequels for stories I haven’t written yet. Projects that would allow people who can’t, or don’t, read to experience my stories.  So many wild fantasies, including the idea that one day I’ll be able to afford a big house with rooms aplenty that family and friends are welcome to stay in.

 

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I just got my new work shoes!

 

It might be time to “grow up” and quit writing. I’d be letting down the patrons I already have for Hermes925, the Distractions from Drudgery e-zine that has agreed to serialise Hermes925, and the team of writers I’m working with on Project UbiquiCity. However, I’d also have the time to take care of my Grandparents like I’ve been asked too, to the best of my ability.

I feel guilty for even debating this. I have to take the selfless path don’t I? If I don’t sacrifice my own happiness for others, then I’m just a selfish jerk. I want nothing more than to be a writer, but I simply can’t afford too. I used to tell myself that if I focussed on my writing now, treated it like my full-time occupation, that I’d soon be able to afford to pay for a professional carer for my Grandparents, and give generously to other friends and family also. It’s not happening yet.

I am making progress. It seems like a waste, and a terrible shame to give it all up now. It’s become such a habit to get up and write, I’d feel lost without it. I imagine myself on the couch with the grandparents, watching their tv shows and silently screaming to myself that I’m not writing. It’s true that I could be scribbling away in a notebook during this, but I really really don’t want the shows they watch to influence my writing. I suppose I could try it.

I also don’t really feel qualified to do my Grandparents housework. I’m terrible at it. I always have been. It’s a bad excuse for not wanting to help my grandparents, but it’s nevertheless true. My room is, I’m told, typical of those who are creatively minded. It’s messy. Grandma and Grandad do a better job of keeping the house clean than I ever could.

Then there’s my girlfriend, who is often content to watch a movie, play a video game, or nap while I’m writing. What do I expect her to do while I’m sitting with Grandma and Grandad or doing their housework? If I change my habits like I’m suggesting and spend more time keeping my Grandparents company instead of being holed up in my room scribbling down ideas or typing, do I ask her to help me keep an eye on the Grandparents?

It seems that the logical thing since she has time to nap and play games would be to ask her to do my Grandparents housework. After all, if we were living together and I was supporting us both with my writing as I would like, then it would be her doing the majority of the housework. It seems like a shitty thing to ask, even if it would be a logical solution.

I could still sit with the grandparents, scribble down ideas or even type them up on my laptop. I could use an earbud in one ear (leaving the other ear able to hear) to listen to music on my phone, or even use my tablet to play a better background movie or tv show than the one they’re watching. I’d also be available to help with the cleaning if need be. Particularly if I want a break from writing for a few minutes.

I might be able to make this work after all, simply by moving my ‘office’ from my desk in my room to the living room couch. It just wouldn’t be very fun for my girlfriend. It would be far more sensible and hurt fewer people, to just put writing on hold for a few years. I fear though that if I do that, I’ll be trapped. Unable to ever afford to do more than working my arse off at job I get paid as little as possible for, only to see all the money disappear into credit card debts, and expensive (but much needed) trips and hobbies to break up the tedium of life.

 

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I used to play Warhammer 40k a lot.

 

All I want to do is write, but it can’t be all about me or what kind of man would I be? On the other hand, what opportunities would I be giving up on if I stopped now? Would successfully balancing my writing, my job, my relationship and my grandparent’s chores finally earn the respect of the family and friends who have yet to become patrons, or even read my work?

What do you think?

Have a great day 🙂

Let’s Try This Again!

I’m feeling a little nervous. I start a new job on Thursday working in a bar. It’s in the same hotel my girlfriend works at. The Whitewater Hotel. It’s in a beautiful part of the Lake District with a river running right past it. So far every employee I’ve spoken too seems cool. Even more reason why I’m a little anxious.

It would be nice to have a bit of an income coming in again. When I worked at The Brown Cow I was saving up quite a nice little pile of savings. There were several other things about that job that would have been perfect. It was only a short walk from where I’m currently living. It helped keep me fitter because I was doing more physical work and walking home uphill.

Unfortunately, there were quite a few aspects of the job that sucked. The owner was unapologetically exploitative. He once told me that when we took the job we agreed to minimum wage, in return he expects us to work hard for him, and if we’re not willing to put all of our effort into making his business a success we should leave. He also never complemented anyone for their hard work, only berated them for what he decided they had done wrong, badly or missed entirely.

It seems that all the other employees felt they were being mistreated also, and took every opportunity to complain. At first, this gave me a feeling of solidarity. Us versus him. However, this solidarity meant that they all continued working for him, complaining behind his back, and doing nothing to improve their situation. Nevertheless, it made sense to at least work there through Christmas, and hope the increased tips would be worth the environment of resentment I was working in.

I couldn’t hack it though. The staff all had a tendency to insult each other affectionately, and once I was on ‘their side’ they began to do the same to me. One of whom would imply that I was sexually promiscuous and stand way too close to me. I’m sure he actually grabbed my arse once. The day I quit I was going to confront him about it. I spent the short walk going over it in my head, what I was going to say, how I was going to say it. Then I started to imagine what he might say back, and about the fact that I would have to talk to him in private. I walked in and he was wearing a Santa’s Elf costume, and every fibre of my being told me I had to leave. So I did, and I have never gone back.

I took this opportunity to write my arse off! I was hoping that I’d be able to get my writing career off the ground and establish a stable income before my money, and my family’s ability to help me, ran out. I knew going in that it was unlikely and would require an awesome combination of effort and dumb luck to pull it off. I’m also willing to admit that I was so upset by my last experience, that I am dreading having to work with people again.

I hope they’re cool.

I will find time to write no matter what. I’m willing to admit now that claiming that taking a second job (I’m still a Writer) would leave me with no time to write was an excuse. In truth, I just don’t want to have to deal with jerks, morons, drunks and pervs again. Like I said though, so far they seem pretty cool. The atmosphere of the hotel seems great too. They even let staff use their smartphones when it’s quiet, so I’ll be able to write down ideas and develop stories during my down time.

This could be perfect. Getting paid to work behind a bar (which can be fun), in beautiful surroundings, and still able to scribble. Plus I’m only working there 2-3 days per week, so that will still give me plenty of the week left to work on the UbiquiCity project, Hermes925 and Before the War.

I’ll find out soon enough. Getting anxious about it won’t help anything. Even if it turns out to be horrible it will still be a valuable experience, and you don’t level up without gaining experience.

I’ll be using the income to help my girlfriend save up for the deposit on a house to rent, to help pay utilities and groceries, and I’ll also be creating a marketing budget to promote Hermes925, and a self-publishing budget. I’d still rather publish through a traditional publisher that will do all the marketing and distribution for me, but I’ll increase my chances of getting picked up if I already have a following.

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My Monday Motivation

I love alliteration. It comes easier to me than rhyming. I was tempted to actually make this opening paragraph rhyme, but as usual, I found myself stressing about the arrangement of words to get the right rhythm, and flow of words stopped entirely.

Trying to write poetry leaves me feeling like a rank amateur, but writing a story is like diving into a river. You may get a few bumps and bruises along the way, you might even experience real terror and struggle to keep your head above water from time to time, but overall the experience is enjoyable, thrilling and exciting.

The hardest part is often taking the first plunge. Seeing the page, pristine and undisturbed, laid out before, knowing that one you make your mark, you’ll be carried away can be a daunting prospect. Lucky for me, I find staring boring, and my mind wonders and begins putting random words together just to keep itself entertained.

There are lots of things to do today. Over the weekend I got my first two Patreon.com subscribers. This makes 3 total including one person who subscribed via the Paypal buttons I made. I’ve promised subscribers is weekly emails including updates on everything I’m writing. So I may need to put some thought into how I’m going to present it all.

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I also have more work to do on the story I’m writing for UbiquiCity. I’m enjoying this project. We’re all working together to create a unified world in which all our stories take place. We’ve discussed law enforcement, social standing, food, technology, transportation, economics, environment and healthcare among other things. The team is very imaginative and creative, and I’m proud to be included.

I’m beginning to think that my ghost story isn’t going to be accepted by the magazine I submitted it too. To be fair it was the first ghost story I’ve written in a long time, it probably doesn’t stand out among the hundreds of other submissions they received. They might accept it yet, and there are plenty of other publications. I’m not terribly concerned, but the money would be nice.

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Another publication I’m working with is all set to publish Hermes925 as a series, which is very exciting. They’re called Diversions from Drudgery and they need more artists and illustrators. They’ll take almost anything you can submit and, you’re free to use the same work elsewhere. I can’t wait to see the first issue!

I also still need to make time to write more of the science-fantasy prelude to ‘The War on Magic‘. I’m going to submit it to as many publications as I can get away with when it’s done, including SciFan magazine, the Writers of Tomorrow contest, and I’ll probably send it to Diversions from Drudgery too. Once ‘Before the War’ is out there I’ll have to get ‘The War on Magic’ written.

I need to get ‘Hermes925‘ finished first. The story is about to get very interesting. You’re going to find out where the Swordbearer has been during his exile and one of the meteor fragments that Pan brings in is going to be a little too much to handle. In addition to writing the next part this week, I’m also revising older Hermes925 entries to prepare them for inclusion in future issues of Diversions from Drudgery.

Every so often I wonder if the fluff I wrote for ‘the City of Gate‘. To me, they don’t make much sense out of context of the game. Nevertheless, I have this little stockpile of first person tales within a fantasy world I created. I should use them to try and regain my financial independence. Somehow. Maybe I’ll include them in the subscriber emails.

At one point I was trying to make them into a book. Filling in the gaps between first-person accounts with a third-person narrative recounting the events that have taken place in ‘the City of Gate’ rp group. If you’d like to read what I’ve put together so far and let me know if it’s worth trying to finish it, follow this link.

In addition to all of that I also need to check my audio equipment for a voice acting gig. They haven’t sent me the new script yet, so I posted a request for suggestions on Facebook. I’ll be adding the results to that post once I’ve recorded them.

I’d best get on with it. Please help support my writing addiction, if you can, by becoming a patron on Patreon.com, which is set up for American dollars. If you’d rather contribute in British pounds (or any other currency), please click one of the Paypal subscription options below.

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Missing the Organising Organ

Monday. I have had a great weekend and now I have work to do. Primarily, of course, I need to get writing, but now that I’m starting to get noticed, I feel like it’s even more important that my online presence is on point.

Facebook is my friend. I’ve found some great writer groups and had some excellent conversations. I still don’t know how to get the most out of Twitter, and I haven’t even looked at LinkedIn lately, but my nemesis is Google Plus. It doesn’t help that I have two active Gmail addresses.

It doesn’t help that I have two active Gmail addresses. One from when I was living in the US (copeland.tony@gmail.com) and my new UK-based email that I would prefer to receive all my writer correspondence through (antonym.copeland@gmail.com). Both accounts on Google Plus are in dire need of an update and some TLC.

I’d prefer to close my old account down completely to avoid confusion, but my WordPress account is registered to it. All my email notifications regarding this website, Games and Geekery, and any of the pages I follow still go to the old one. So I can’t get rid of it yet.

For some reason I don’t quite understand, despite the fact that the RPG sourcebook project has my new e-mail address, I received the Google Hangouts invitation for the last meeting via the old one. It’s particularly confusing because they also have me in their Google Plus Community under the new profile, as well as sending emails to the correct address.

In addition to that, I’m falling behind on Patreon.com, Wattpad.com, and Inkshares.com. Whenever I sit down to do it I become frustrated. I know it’ll take time and experience to get each of these up to date and professional looking, but I also know that it will all be pointless unless I also keep writing to provide content for each site.

I think, for now, I shall just have to leave it all a disorganized mess until I have the time and motivation to sort through it all and figure out what needs doing. In the meantime, I have a Science-Fantasy short story to write based on “The War On Magic” that I hope to submit to The Writers Of The Future when it’s done. I also have to draft 5,000 – 10,000 words for the RPG sourcebook project, and also continue writing Hermes925.

I have plenty to do without having to worry about my online image, and yet I still do. Maybe I need an intern or something to do all the social media and website curation for me? Someone who can understand html and enjoys playing around with it, who can handle all my marketing and media, so I can just write.

What are your thoughts on this?

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Write On

I’ve been overly concerned with money lately. I’m going to try and give it rest and actually talk about my writing this time instead. I know that if I spend all my writing time begging, I’m not actually going to get any writing done, and if I’m not getting any writing done, then what’s the point?

This is after all supposed to be where I blog about my writing, not bore you with my personal stresses and concerns. There’s a particular branch of my family that always seems to get upset with me whenever I talk about my real-life concerns, particularly if they are concerns about the well-being of other family members I live with, so I’m going to try and knock that off for a while too.

I’m making steps to take care of these issues anyway. So hopefully, there’ll be no need to feel concerned or write about either issue. If you do feel the need to support my writing, I’m still going to post the links to the various paid subscription options at the bottom of each post. Any and all paid subscribers will get email updates and be entitled to a free copy of my book when it’s published. As I’ve mentioned before, I will also work for you on any writing project you wish and give you a higher priority depending on how much you pay.

Anyway, let’s talk about what I’m up to regarding my writing. I’ve posted the latest update of Hermes925, called 13/07 Sacrifice, in which the Hermes AI begins to worry about the development of self-destructive behavior among the Ratkin on board. For those who haven’t been reading the story so far, the Ratkin are several diversified species evolved from the surviving lab rats on board a spacecraft after all the human crew died. If you find that concept interesting, feel free to read it starting with 02/01  The N•Viron.

My description of the N•Viron system and the world that the human crew lived in prior to getting trapped in space attracted the attention of a new client that I’m very excited about. I’ve mentioned it before. I’ll be writing a short story to be included in an anthology based in a common futuristic world in which augmented reality computing is commonplace.

For now, I need to get back to writing. I want to get the Patreon.com page updated as well as the Wattpad.com. I’ve even started an author page on Pronoun.com. I figure the more places I post, the more likely someone will find my work. To that end, I’m also going to be talking about my writing a lot more on Facebook and Twitter.

Personally, I find it frustrating when people only talk about their writing and doesn’t ever talk about who they are as a person. I think this comes from my marketing training. I know that people are more likely to buy what you’re selling if they like you as a person. The way to have people like you as a person is to talk about who you are. Maybe I’ll find a way to do that without mentioning anyone else in future.

Maybe I’m just cranky because I’m hungry, or maybe I’m frustrated at being asked to censor myself. So I’m going to edit this quick, post it and get some food.

Have a great day 🙂

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