Monday, July 8, 2013
Times... They are a-Changin'
Hey, all you internet people, how the hell is it going? Good, I hope.
If you're a regular reader of the blog, you may have noticed that I've recently changed some little things. Just so you know, I plan on changing more. I'm going to make this thing mine; hopefully I'll turn it into something I can be proud of. We'll see how it goes.
I've been a horrible blogger for quite some time now. I'm sorry about that. I would love to be one of those people who has a new post every week (or even multiple times every week) but whenever I hop on blogger to start writing, I realize I don't have anything to say.
It's my own fault.
Since I published my first book, The River Runes (which is free this week on Amazon until Friday) I've been trying way too hard to make sure that I don't say or do anything that is going to offend or piss off readers (or potential readers or reviewers or other authors or baristas or pizza makers or monkeys or guys in prison or girls in prison or random Presidents or etc...).
I got scared off when another author, who had several books out already and was doing pretty decent sales, told me that I better not ever offend anyone. "Other authors might tank your reviews, or start taunting you in forums and stuff" and "I've got cyber bullies after me because I gave a two star review..." Let me tell you, as a newbie without a single clue, I was well and truly frightened. So I deleted the low star reviews I had done, and did my best to be all sugar and rainbows for the next two years.
Sugar and rainbows are damn boring.
So I stopped posting, despite high promises. I didn't have anything nice to say most days, so I didn't say anything at all. For months. Again and again and again.
Sorry about that.
Another problem I've run into, as I've tried to figure out what I should post about as a writer, is that most writing topics have been covered ad nauseam by every writer and wannabe on the internet. And the truth is, as a reader of writing blogs, I don't read multiple blogs on the same topic unless it's controversial. For most writing topics, (editing, cover art, not making one-dimensional characters, etc...) there are no differing opinions.
No one is saying, "Fuck editing your work. Just publish your first draft and watch the reviews be awesome anyway."
So it's tough to find something to write about writing that I believe people will want to read. There are things I want to say, but I have been unsure of how to say them. As I already admitted, I don't want the Angry Authors and Reviewer's Cartel coming after me.
But I've decided I don't care anymore. I'm going to post what I want to post about, and if it pisses someone off, they are free to not read my blog just as often as they like. I'll blog about writing when I have something to say about writing. I might talk about my puppy, Amelia (who is cuter than your puppy, and every other puppy, ever), or my kids, or delicious coffee, or I might review a book, or social issues I care about, or whatever I damn-well feel like blogging about.
So yeah. I'm not promising a schedule yet, but I'm aiming to start with once a week and we'll see where it goes from there. I just want to have fun with it, and I hope someone else might enjoy it as well.
Thanks for reading.