Update 9/5/18

Two updates in three weeks. What is happening to me? Am I like being productive or something? Here’s hoping it sticks.

  1. I’m in revision hell. About five weeks until GD 4 (The Greenland Diaries: Days 201 – 260) comes out. I’ve got a bunch of preorders. You’ve got four whole weeks to get your preorder in to guarantee yourself a copy in the first run. Books are going to be tight for the first run. You can visit my store to preorder a copy. This was my most challenging book in the series to write thus far, mostly because I was writing about environments and settings where I had less sensory experience. There are plenty of monsters though. A plethora.
  2. I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes people happy. I’m not sure if I’m an expert on the subject myself, seeing how I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety for most of my life. I talk about it in past-tense, but I’m still dealing with these ailments on an hourly basis. Therapy has helped. Anyways, I’m not trying to get off topic, but I really do find happiness from writing about monsters in fictional settings. It is a strange thing to admit, I guess in terms of what the world considers a useful skill. I just love to write about monsters. It makes me happy.
  3. One thing I’ve come to realize as a storyteller is that I like narrative that is stocked full of awareness. To be more specific, I like television, films, games, and books that have self-aware characters about the universe they exist within. Like when Rick and Morty point out the inadequacies of the plot they’re trying to survive, in Game of Thrones where characters introduce pieces of the universe by simply talking about them before we’re exposed to them as an audience, or when Ray Bradbury writes multiple perspectives from the same setting in The Martian Chronicles and they acknowledge each other.
  4. In this latest Greenland Diaries book, I was able to inject the feeling of hopelessness into the plot more deftly than in previous titles. It is bizarre, but for me you feel like you need to add elements of nonfiction to fiction, and vice-versa. I wanted to put some legit despair into this fictional character. In my third GD book I put many real details of when I suffered through a bad bout of depression with my dog Millie. Besides the character trying to overall survive this hellish apocalypse, these are probably the most powerful entries.
  5. Well, I don’t want to end my musings on a plea for help, but I’ve surpassed the two year mark of trying to live off my writing as a source of income. I know a lot of people that read these musings support me by buying my books both on paperback or kindle, and for that I’m eternally grateful. However, I’m approaching the end of my allotted time to be writing solely for a living. I’m not going down without a fight, so I’m asking for help in my last few months of freedom to try and make this work financially. Support me on Patreon, or buy other books from my store. Any of it would help me as my deadline looms on whether I can continue to do this for a living. Thank you everyone.

Jottings:

  • I love Fargo. I love it. I love the basis for every season. Each story basically is what happens when semi-normal people brush up against organized crime, and how quickly their lives can unravel from this confrontation.
  • Slowly making my way through Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. Brutal book, but his voice is poetic and fluid. It is almost lyrical.
  • I’ll be at Fall ComiCon, Valley Con, and Crypticon over the next three months. I’ll also be doing a release party for GD 4, plus reading events. More details to come.
  • Attack on Titan almost made me scream while donating plasma the other day.
  • Breath of the Wild is one of those games where I can just stare at the landscape and be happy.
  • Limbo for Switch is dark, haunting, and ridiculously frustrating. I’m entranced by the location. It is apocalyptic and machinery-wild. Two of my favorite motifs for a fictional setting.
  • If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy of The Greenland Diaries: Days 201 – 260 I highly suggest you do. This first run is going to be hard to predict, so please visit my store and preorder your copy. You do get a free gift for ordering.
  • Thank you for the support everyone.
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