So this week is the 1 year anniversary for a couple of things for me. First, it is my first wedding anniversary. Secondly, a year ago today, I drafted the first couple of chapters of the ‘Home Summonings’ series. So yes, on our honeymoon, abbreviated as it was, I sat on the porch in the mountains of NC, and started a book ultimately titled, ‘Bound and Hagged.’
A few friends had different comments on the topic, and for sake of not being killed in my sleep, the two have nothing to do with each other. In retrospect, giving the wife a Damascus Steel bodice knife for our anniversary when I am otherwise in the doghouse may not have been the wisest choice, but I may as well make sure the instrument of my demise be sharp. (Thanks Kent.)
On a side note, if you too need such a sharp instrument, I recommend Mike http://scotiametalwork.com/index.html or Kent http://www.highlandblades.com/home.htm – I have sharp pointy objects from both of them.
In that year, I have learned a lot from the writing I have been doing. I have done a fair amount in the past, but it has been a long time since anything I have personally done was meant for external consumption. So I thought I’d capture and share a few of these items.
1) I love to write. I had forgotten how enjoyable it was, even when I imposed my own deadlines.
2) I get some twisted ideas in my head, some of them are even creepier when they are written down. Some of those had to go away. Permanently. Maybe.
3) I have some great and supportive friends who have helped with the writing.
4) Said friends are at least as sick as I am.
5) Said friends also have no mercy when they catch something they can give me hell about. (This is nothing new, in our circle, having feelings is a weakness.)
6) Pursuant to #5, if you can’t laugh at yourself, others are more than willing to do it for you. And point. And pour salt in the wound.
7) Social media is a pain in the ass. For all of its benefits, the exposure, and the ability to connect with people, I hate to shove my work at people. I full well understand sales and marketing, but social media has gone from the good ole days of BBS and chatting with real people to bots and people spraying you with virtual perfume in a virtual mall. Working in eComm technology does not help me embrace it any more, and reinforces my dislike in going to malls.
8) Another one I well knew, but hey. When doing research on the internet, discretion is the better part of valor. You can go down some really interesting rabbit holes. My love of trivia and minutia aside, I really did not to know there was such a thing as monster porn. Really. Really. Some things you cannot unsee.
9) Write what you like. If you don’t like it, no one else will either. It comes across. I have written on some uncomfortable subjects. When I use the word like, I don’t mean I embrace every odd idea I write about. I’m not being gleeful about mass slaughter. I mean it in terms of not forcing the story.
10) It is not now, nor shall it ever, be perfect. There are always small touches that can be made. But like a child, at some point it has to be booted out of the house, warts and all. Thanks to the wife that reminded me of this.
Thanks to everyone who has read book one so far, and who will get to it. The print version is coming! I promise. Book 2 & 3 should be out this year.
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