Wednesday, June 29, 2016

If only!

I'm impressed! The first anthology I put together a few years ago is selling for $148. Wow.

Yeah, right. If only. Do not be deceived, you can still pick a paperback up for $12 from Lulu (or a PDF version for $2.99).


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Creative Input Needed

Maybe you're a creative. Maybe you're a patron of creativity. Either way, I'd like your assistance.

I'm considering starting a Patreon Page - a support page, like Kickstarter, but for those who want to provide monthly backing to a person in the arts. It's obviously an old concept, but one made fresh and exciting in this day of instant communication.

What this means, is that writers, artists, makers - any creative project designer, really - can be in touch with his or her supporters on a regular basis, providing updates, samples, etc. Patreon brings the concept of patronage into the social media era.

At any rate, one of my writing goals in the next 12 months is to complete at least 12 stories I started a few years ago. My plan is to share my creative process with those interested in backing my various projects. Patrons can offer as little as a buck a month or can be 'platinum' supporters for $20/month.

So I'm thinking, why not ask folks to check it out for a year? For $3/month, for example, you'll get a story each month that you helped me complete. That's $36/year for 12 completed projects. Like subscribing to a magazine (or paying for about 10 Starbucks coffees! ;)

To give you a sample of what I have in mind, here's my first month's survey question. Feel free to comment below (I do want your input) but also consider becoming a patron in the near future. My tentative launch date is the end of June. Watch for more announcements later.

In the mean time:
What story should I write next? Here are five titles of stories that are languishing in my computer, along with the genre. Please comment below and let me know what lonely puppy I should rescue this next month. Thanks for your input!

1. The Tralian Incident - science fiction, post-apocalypse
2. Curious Case of Kevin Klaag - supernatural horror
3. Yes Allie, That's a Bogeyman Under Your Bed - horror
4. The Princess and the Kamau - sword and soul fantasy
5. The Return of Captain Tyler - a ghost story

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

My Facebook Policy

Dumb thing happened on the way to the internet...

I'd post an opinion on Facebook and low and behold, people would argue with me. I thought what is up with that. So I posted this on my wall recently and got quite few positive comments. Seems others feel the same way I do. The internet is not for arguing. ;)

Okay, let's go over my FB policy again. Overarching metaphor: My FB wall is my front porch. Some evenings I go out and sit in my rocker, enjoy the weather and wave at the passersby. I'll have a tall cold glass of sweet tea and a book on my lap. Occasionally, I'll say hello to folks and invite them to join me on the porch for a glass of iced tea. Sit awhile. Chew the fat. Talk books.

When I post something, it's me saying hello. You can nod and keep going. Not offended. You can wave and compliment the nice yard and pretty flowers. That's always nice. You can stop and visit, have a glass of sweet iced tea. If you choose unsweetened, I understand. Not a problem. The problem is when you insult my choice for sweetened. Or tell me your choice is better. Or start commenting negatively about my yard and flowers. I just invited you to my front porch and you're gritching?

Now some people will say, what do you expect? Commentators are gonna commentate. I say, sit on your dang porch and have at it. Some people will say, he only wants people who like sweet iced tea on his porch. I say, nope. I want polite neighbors. Some people will say it's unrealistic to share your iced tea and not expect some push back. I say what the heck are you talking about?

So, I'm going to try again tomorrow. Most days it works out great. But sometimes I get some gritchers. Well, what's great about my front porch? I can detour people to another street. They'll never again have to walk by my house and have to decide whether they'll nod and walk on, wave and say hi, or sit and chat awhile. Because if one can't be neighborly, they don't need to be my neighbor.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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