The State of Things Address

I realize I have been mostly dormant on here, but I wanted to take a moment and catch everyone one up on what is going on.

Remember back in December/January, when 2014 was new and full of opportunity and wonder? Well, for me at least, 2014 has been terrible on pretty much every front. I won’t delve in to many details, but it has all-around been kind of a nightmare. It will come as a surprise to exactly no one that I never really fit in super well in the 9-to-5 working world, and that has caught up to me in a big way. On the plus side, it has driven home that what I want to do is write.

About that:

I have (again) changed (day) jobs in order to focus more on writing. This is freeing up a lot of time for writing, although not nearly as lucrative. But, hey: hopefully it will lead to writing actually being so. So what does that mean for you, the reader, and my getting words in front of you?

I don't really have an appropriate picture for this post, so here is Gir dancing.

I don’t really have an appropriate picture for this post, so here is Gir dancing.

Over the last year or so, I have started several projects. I dearly love 3024AD, but I don’t want that to be the only thing I write, and neither do you. It struck me that, since 3024AD is all short stories, my debut novel is still to come (which was what 3024AD was supposed to be, but it lends itself to the short story format). I will talk a little about those projects, but first the 3024AD:

3024AD: Short Stories Series One: The second edition is well on its way. The only hold-up at this point is the printing process, and I am weeding through printers. CreateSpace does a great job, but I’d rather avoid Amazon (obviously) and would prefer someone more local and/or better. So. Not exciting to talk about, unless you really like looking at proofs. Once I select one, I am at the mercy of how long it will take to print and ship them. After that, they will be in the hands of the Kickstarter backers, then stores.

3024AD: Short Stories Series Two: Meanwhile, I have been working on the rest of the 3024AD universe. I had planned on having two short story collections and one novel, but I have scrapped that. Since a lot of the stories are taking place concurrently, a novel would feel clunky. So I have re-outlined much of it, so all three main storylines will now be told in short story format. I think you will all like it.

New Project No. 1: I really dig the look and feel of a lot of steampunk stuff, even if I never really got into the whole world/scene of it. Plus, my mind always works forward, so regressing to Victorian/steam powered stuff doesn’t really fit the whole ‘write what you know’ thing. But in doodling around with it, I wrote a short I really liked, with a character I really, really liked. Instead of steam, I have looked forward to a sort of post-apocalyptic world where clean energy is prevalent. So it has light prop-driven planes, zepplins and a world trying to survive in the wake of pollution destroying the environment (I call it ‘Clean Punk’).

It’s not as much of a statement as that makes it sound. Well, maybe it is.

New Project No. 2: I’m not quite ready to pull the curtain off this one yet. But it is an incredibly fun novel, with monsters. And robots. And spaceships. Basically, it is the epitome of ‘write what you know’. (speaking of monsters, check out Sara Amundson’s Make-A-Monster. You can be a monster!)

New Project No. 3: The full reveal will be tomorrow, but here’s the short version: it’s a SciFi choose-your-own-adventure story. Best part: Totally free. It will be posted bi-weekly online, and after each post, you, the reader, will get to vote on what happens next! All the details will be reveal tomorrow over at Nerds Feather!

So that’s what’s going on with me. Thanks for all your support!

DESR

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