Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Once A Month...

I do try to get back here at least once a month and I'm skating at the edge again as we come to the final days of June. The year is almost half over already? How did that happen? I've been getting busier with my publishing work and other work to make the ends meet so that explains some of it. Oh, and it is looking to get busier, as it must as I develop this plan of mine.

Plan, you ask. What plan?

Honestly, it's not such a dark secret. I am just more focused on it than I've been in the past. Basically, I'm trying to fully launch my publishing and writing efforts into the air. They've started hovering just above the ground but haven't yet soared. The point is really to do as much as I can to make all of this work I'm doing the only sort of work I need to making a living. I love publishing. I love writing. I want to be able to do only that and to order my day fully around those sort of activities.

A challenge, to say the least? Yes.

It's a financial challenge, certainly. The company is not currently profitable enough for me to go in full time, so I have to be content to work on the various projects with little or no pay while I work another job that actually pays enough to support me. Don't get me wrong. This has been changing for the better. Revenue is up. I'm inching, closer and closer, to that goal, but who wouldn't like to accelerate that process?

So, I keep at it. I find new ways to promote my own work and the work of the awesome writers who've entrusted me to publish their books. I'm very grateful for them and for the opportunities that they've given me.

I'm already doing some of the things I love to do. I designing and publishing books, I'm editing my own science fiction and fantasy magazine, MYTHIC, and I hope to do more.

If you're following me and haven't bought one of my books or one of the authors' books I've published via Founders House Publishing, consider doing that today. Consider supporting MYTHIC  by become a subscriber.

I want to bring great stories to new readers.

I'll be back later to talk about what's going on with a new update. Thanks.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Update: Getting Stuff Done

I've made some further progress on writing since the last post although I did not get really moving on short stories like I thought I would. Publisher me has still been doing more followed by Editor/Magazine maker me. Writer me has been left to wait again and that's not set well with me. Making strides on projects is fine and necessary for the goals I have in mind for those ventures. At the same time, I like to think I'm first and foremost a writer and that is certainly a venture I do not mean to shove into the background.

I've related that there have been factors in my own life that have probably influenced this turn, so I can at least try to be a little easier on myself. That said, I did catch a few good moments yesterday to do something I haven't done a while. I finished a book. It's a novella or short novel in fact and one I knew I could sense an ending for so I went after it and wrapped it up. There was a sense of relief in that mission accomplished.

Yes, I could actually get fiction done again. I had this little nagging fear that I was caught in a looping cycle where nothing every really ended and I would just advance all of my works-in-progress but never complete them. (Yes, I have several unfinished books languishing on my hard drive.)

This whole turn of events just serves to highlight the simple need to get stuff done. As Heinlein has said in his famed rules of business, "Finish what you write." I haven't been the greatest finisher of fiction lately. Well, in a very long time. What works I have complete are starting to emerge from their limbo status, some as part of collections like the Cursed King And Other Stories, or published in MYTHIC. I think more of them will show up in the coming months, making it necessary to write more. Finding the focus for that has been tough, but the desire is still there so I hope you can wish me luck in pursuing that aim.

That novella I mentioned will now get looked over and I will let you know when it's ready for publication. The next step is the next story. Or in my case, the next work-in-progress--maybe the one closest to completion. That's the approach I think will work for now. I just keep moving down the line, finishing book after book, story after story, until I hit a true opening with nothing left in the queue.

I'll also admit that none of this addresses the nonfiction that is percolating in my brain and trying to find the most apt express so it might appear as a book too. That's something I'll keep closer to the vest for now.

Onward to more writing!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Updates: The Work Continues

Since I haven't been very active lately as a writer this page hasn't gotten much attention lately. I'm aiming to change that situation but I am doing that in a larger context of my work as both publisher and editor. Writing is still there nipping at my heels so I've taken some small steps at getting back to in a substantive way.

Mostly that means that I've just started working on short stories again, very slowly mind you, but I am doing something again. Hopefully the pace and scope of this will change as I ramp back up over the coming weeks.

This post serves as an update to those who happen to follow my progress creatively and otherwise. With that in mind, I'd like to announce that I have a new book out. In fact it's a little bit of new and old. A few years back I e-published a novella called The Cursed King about a Conan-inspired character I called Fendreg of Senagra. He started out in a pair of short stories first (which also appear in e-single forms) and graduated to novella length. A second longish short story and a shorter than average one followed bringing the total Fendreg stories to five.

With all of that, I decided I wanted the work in print and combined them into a single volume, showcasing the novella. It's called The Cursed King and Other Stories and it is now in print. There will be ebook editions to follow but the trade paperback can be purchased on my publisher website. So, please check it out.

I'd also like to let you know that the sci-fi and fantasy magazine I edit, MYTHIC, has recently released its second issue. It is currently a print-only publication, available through most online retailers and can be purchased directly from the website. As with the previous issue, this one also includes a story by yours truly. (One of the boons of having your own magazine is that you can elect to do such crazy things as being a contributing author too.)

So the work continues...



Sunday, January 1, 2017

Day One: Frank Words for the New Year

When many people are trying to plan their goals or get started on new year's resolutions, I find myself on the first day of a brand new year just sitting here assessing what happened in 2016, both good and bad. I'm not only doing this as a writer but probably more importantly as a person.

The year was not that great on a personal level. Lots of things happened and among them the breakup of my marriage. The fallout extended over the second half of the year and I nursed some hopes for reconciliation but in the end it didn't happen. I had a great time with a friend who offered to take me to New York City for a getaway to get my head straight. After I returned, I ended up in the hospital because of my undiagnosed hypertension on Labor Day. I spent a month or so adjusting to life in a separate place. Finally I was hit again when at the close of the year, my wife ended up hospitalized too. As of this writing, she is still there recovering from a rare disorder that left her paralyzed.

Needless to say, I didn't do a lot of writing this year. I did publish a few books, especially near the end that helped my tiny company come out a little better than I expected.

So, I'm here now at the beginning of a new year, trying to figure out the road ahead. As a publisher, I already have a few things in development. As a writer, I have some thoughts too, but I'm still trying to flesh those out. As a human being, I back to taking each day one at a time, practicing a bit more mindfulness, and with some luck getting some crucial pieces of my life together again.