Our Disturbing Adventures

I just got back from a great couple of days in Manchester. Laura, my girlfriend, took me to see Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, and In Flames perform at the M.E.N. Arena. I was anxious about spending potentially two whole days away from my keyboard, but it was an amazing show, and I’m very glad I did it.

“But Tony, you’re always talking about how you need money. How can you possibly afford to go to a concert?” I can’t. Laura bought the tickets, and even bought more games for us while we in town. Speaking of which I’d like to make a quick shout-out to the staff at Travelling Man in Manchester. We had a good chat about games and comics, and I invited them to check out this website, and the Games and Geekery page, so we could chat some more. You guys were awesome, keep up the good work. (Hint: we bought Exploding Kittens and talked about Amalgam comics)

When I do get more patrons though, I do intend to spend some of my income on shows like this, as well as more games to play and review for Games and Geekery. It occurs to me that there are a few ways I could go about actively seeking patronage. Besides just repeatedly begging on the website of course. I feel like if all I ever write about is needing money, I’m going to start losing followers, so I need a new strategy.

We were right up front! I could see David Draiman’s pores!

The idea that appeals to me the most is also the most daunting. It involves networking like crazy, talking to people, who know people, who know people that are already successful. If these people like Hermes925, or City Of Gate even, perhaps I can convince them to sponsor me. It appeals to me because I may end up getting to know some of my personal heroes, like Neil Gaiman, David Draiman of Disturbed, or Robert Downey Jr. Dream big, right?

My other thought is to approach businesses and offer to include subtle, and not so subtle, references to their products or services in exchange for corporate sponsorship. I’d even stitch a brand patch to the inside of my leather coat if they wanted me too. They could keep my rock’n’roll skeleton company! I often wear my coat open and the patches would flash as I walk. Not sure if I could still be taken seriously as a writer with integrity if I have Mountain Dew, Xbox and Tesla patches inside my coat, and even less if I end up being sponsored my brands I wouldn’t otherwise endorse.

I stitched this guy inside my coat

Part of the reason I’ve become concerned about sponsorship is out of guilt. I’d like to be able to treat my girlfriend as well as she treats me. It doesn’t help that I was also contacted by one of my clients, the one I’m ghostwriting a dark fantasy novel for. He’s putting the project on hold. He’s looking for a day job to pay the bills, and I’d like to avoid the same fate.  It also means that the money we might have made from selling the book is deferred indefinitely. This is very frustrating.

However, I’ve also been contacted about writing for an anthology that will accompany a role-playing game sourcebook. They’re looking for 5,000 – 10,000 words centered on a person living in a futuristic city. The stories, by various authors, all have to feel like they exist in the same sci-fi universe. I’m very excited about this. If my contribution is accepted, I’d make up $600, which is about £484.54, and that’s if I write exactly 10,000 words.

I’m excited about being involved in this project, but I’m hoping it leads to other opportunities. In the meantime, I’m going to keep working on Hermes925, Games and Geekery and editing for my other clients, and trying to find people that know people.

Have a great day! 🙂

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The Future is Coming

Today is my last full day in Kidwelly, Wales. Tomorrow I make my way, with my Grandparents, back up to the NorthWest of England. I was born and raised in Barrow-in-Furness, and still have many friends there who have remained in contact with me while I was in America. I’ll be setting up camp in the spare room of my Grandparents bungalow in the neighbouring town of Dalton-in-Furness.

My Grandparents

Once there I’ll be looking for part-time work to help bring in a little pocket money, and to help pay for self-publishing, promotion and any other expenses that my little book-writing venture will need to stay in business. I hope. I expect it to be a delicate balancing act. If I work to hard or too long for someone else, I won’t have the time or the energy to work on my writing also. On the other hand, if I continue to generate no revenue from the website, I won’t be able to afford to publish or aggressively promote my work without picking up some work on the side.

If anyone has any bright ideas on how best to generate an income from writing, without having to litter the page with unsightly ads and pop-ups I’d gladly hear them. Especially if it means I can still work full-time on my writing. You can add your comment below or click the contact me tab above, or help me stay ahead of the game and ad-free by donating via Paypal. Please.

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But enough about me. I wanted to tell you about a project on Kickstarter from Genesis Augmented Reality. As you may already be aware the book I’m working on, Hermes925, takes place in a future where everyone has an augmented reality interface strapped to the back of their necks. As you can imagine I find the potential this technology has very exciting.

I also like games, including the collectible card game Magic: the Gathering. Genesis have come up with a ccg that makes use of augmented reality to add a visual combat system, allowing the characters, creatures and spells you conjure to come to augmented reality life!

Pretty cool right? Go check out their Kickstarter page. They’ve already reached their goal, but there’s still 20 days left of their campaign at the time of writing. Pledge now to take advantage of the pre-release offers that would give you early access to the smartphone app, characters and custom skins.

So far you still need to use a smartphone or similar mobile device to see the characters, but maybe it’s a good thing that we don’t have the N•Viron system sending and receiving data through our spinal cord yet.

I also promised you in Encouraging Expressive Endeavours that I’d show you some of my niece Bethany’s writing. She wanted me to show you this one called ‘The Car’. She came up with the story, wrote it and illustrated it herself. She even included a contents page, and ‘about the author’ and a back page synopsis!

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I look forward to hearing your opinion of Bethany’s book, Genesis Augmented Reality or my attempts to make a living doing this. Have a great day 🙂