After years of weekly writing tips being the staple here, things are getting a bit weird in my life. I consider this site a sort of log of my writing history, a home if you will, and this home is getting redecorated a bit.
I’m not planning anything too drastic, so don’t worry, there will still be plenty of writing tips along my journey. My experiments in posting more philosophical pieces have done well, so expect to see more of that, and more posts in general.
Not even going to lie, and I think it’s safe to admit after three years, I have been trying to grow a bit of a following here so that I’ll have more people to tell about my books and projects to help kick-start a very difficult part of the writing process – Discovery.
That’s not to say that the whole site is simply an advertisement, it isn’t, but it’s clear that even my readers want more than one or two posts per week, and stuffing whole blocks into long posts isn’t doing the trick. I need to be a little more prolific here, and give you guys and gals some more insight about a part of me that seems to attract the most attention. That is my philosophy and my woodland trials and tribulations.
Get to the point, Marty!
Okay, so here it is. I’m going to try writing more posts, and being more infrequent about posting. I’m not going to adhere to an “every Thursday” philosophy anymore, because it really doesn’t work, on this blog or any other. When I read a post by Mandie Hines, I really don’t care what day of the week it is. I don’t find myself looking forward to a certain day where I can read a piece of poetry from her (I like her site, and you should check it out if you get a chance). I instead flip through my email each day and see what I feel like devoting twenty or thirty minutes to before I start a new writing session.
I don’t think my feelings on this matter are isolated, correct me if I’m wrong.
Therefore, if you have a writing question or something that you would like me to cover (actually that reminds me, I had a good one recently), send it on over. If you have a piece of flash you would like me to publish here, as Dr. Dugar did with this post, you can feel free to query me with the story idea. If you want me to do some kind of expose about one of my little projects, tell me. I’m always here, even when I’m not.
My plan from here forward is to ad-hock my posts instead of pretending that anyone cares about a set posting schedule or one more email in their box. By the way, you can subscribe to the blog in the sidebar if you want to receive updates.
All my Projects
WriteFarmLive is my hub, my home, the center of all my social and book focus, and it needs to be more of that and less of some crusade to give writing tips. Every other writing blog in the universe is doing that. Not all of them are doing a special project for NaNo this year, and I’m sure none of them are building an off-grid cabin out in the middle of nowhere.
While thinking about what makes this blog special and unique, it’s me. So I want to open my life up and share a lot more of it with you, my beloved readers who keep coming back week after week. I think upon my regular commenters as friends, and we’ve all exchanged more than a handful of emails with each other. It isn’t fair that you should have to go to my facebook or twitter page to figure out what the hell is going on with me. So I’m changing the focus to put it here first, rather than there.
I’m still building the Gecko Print Publishing website to be all that it can be. My first product launch for the new pivot was a total flop, so I went back to the drawing board and reached out to a few internet marketers, asking them plainly what it is they would like to see. From what I can gather, they want fresh new content that will teach them something. In other words, authoritative articles instead of the same repeated crap from ten minutes of “research” on fifteen articles that all say the same exact thing. (Content creators will know what I mean by this) Hopefully, my new product on Astronomy will blow their mind, and subscribers to GPP will likely get some free products out of the deal.
Stone’s Shadow is on its way out the door. Early copies will be mailed soon to my investors. If you want to know how to become one, just shoot me an email. It costs $100 for the subscription. I won’t even bother sending you to the gofundme page, because I’d rather tell you about it personally through email. Come October 11th..or 13th, or whenever, it’s on the Amazon page, it’ll be live, so I hope you check it out and like it. It’s on pre-order for the paperback everywhere and the Kindle book is on sale for 99cents until release, when it’ll go back up to the normal $2.99 price point.
The house is coming along. I’m still sick, so I couldn’t spend all day out there, but I got in three hours this morning of attaching metal fittings to the joists to add some bonus security and reduce creep. Day 9 of that project has started, but I’ll finish it at another time. Next step is subfloor and then walls. Should start looking more like a house very shortly here. I also picked up a 2nd-hand exterior door from Habitat for Humanity for $55 bucks (they sell for around $150 or higher at the lumber store) and priced out some small windows. The guy at the lumber store gave me some tips and walked me through the new-construction install process, so that was nice of him. He answered my remaining questions. On closer inspection of door framing, I think I can do that just fine on my own, so I won’t be buying that. I have plenty of leftover lumber to make the bits and pieces needed for headers over the doors and windows, so once I buy my studs and sheathing, I’ll be ready to make some walls.
My NaNo project is nearing launch. Basically, in addition to the normal nano stuff, if you are writing a book this November, you can sign up here at WFL for extra prizes for finishing, as well as daily support and motivation to help you along. It’s going to be a fun year, so stay tuned for that. If you’re a blogger and want to know more about the project, drop me a line.
Oh, I’m also doing something new. I’m trying to start the feedback process super early for my next book, and gaining some last minute insight on the next CORP novel, though I think I figured out my problem area with it. Step one is to head over to geckgoprintpublishing.com and sign up on that email list. When you do, drop me a line in the comment box telling me that you want to be a test reader, and I’ll send you all the details. It’s being done this way for record keeping purposes to ensure that ideas aren’t hijacked and such. I’m getting more risky with my process, and I want readers involved at every possible step. Want to read my books before they come out and help make them more awesome, head over there and sign up. Just go to the contact page.
Expect more blog posts, more intrigue, and possibly a bit of clever swearing too. I’m opening the flood gates and putting it all out there, just for you, my favorite people on the internet! Till the next post, I’m wishing you all the best.