8 Months Ago
When I looked back in on my blog, I discovered that my most recent post was last year, in June … 8 months! I had kept a much better schedule before that, since starting this blog in January 2010.
But I chose to keep my blog quiet for a while to work on other stuff. I’ve been keeping busy with various activities: family time, client work (I’m a freelance graphic designer), reading, writing, and a little bit of drawing.
A lot of time was also invested in researching indie publishing and how to put together an ebook. A goal of mine has been to publish my writing beyond this blog, and I decided that self publishing an ebook would be a good way to go. Since my book would include flash fiction and poetry, I figured this was the easier way, instead of collect a stack of rejection letters from traditional publishing companies.
I’ve learned a lot, thanks to the many writers out there who share their experiences on their own blogs. I’m grateful for their sharing — in particular Guido Henkel for his advice and “Take pride in your eBook formatting” series, David Gaughran for his blog about the publishing market and his book Let’s Get Digital, and Joanna Penn for her posts on crafting a book and becoming a creative entrepreneur, not just a writer. But these are just a few of the loads of writers out there offering their lessons learned.
The book that resulted out of my work of writing and researching is 50 Stories + 50 Poems = 1 Book, and I’m delighted to have it out there for people to hopefully discover and read. There’s the question of why someone would buy it, when they can read the flash-fiction stories and poems for free right here on my blog. I really don’t know the answer to that — I suppose time will tell.
With my ebook published, I’ll be working on other stories that will eventually be self published, too. Those will be longer stories, which won’t be published here — just in excerpts.
These ebooks will be pieces of my work out there for view, along with the many posts here on my blog, and my designs for sale on T-shirts and other merch. Ideas for various pieces keep popping up, and I try to wrangle them into life in a story, poem, drawing, etc.
I’m going to go back to posting more stuff here. Given my 8-month absence, I think it’s not a great idea to commit to a posting schedule, like I did in other years. But I can guarantee that I’ll post something before another 8 months comes to pass. 🙂