Or: All the free time on my hands…
You know how they say don’t quit your day-job?
Well, what happens if the day-job quits you?
That’s right, folks, jobs ain’t what they used to be. Careers? What the hell is that. Long-term employment? Never heard of such a thing.
But it is OK, because I HAZ A PLAN!
That’s right, I am making the leap over the chasm of the normal and into the land of full-time writing.
Is this a good idea? Well, maybe, considering the way the chips fell in this case. And let me be very clear about this:
I am not recommending that people quit and stay home for the magic writing cash.
But since I didn’t quit, but rather my company decided to save a penny and lose a few tens of thousands of dollars long-term — Well, I guess you could say I’m taking this as opportunity dressed up as a disaster.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Well, I suppose I could starve to death. But even then there is a silver lining — no more bills!
But seriously, the worst that could happen is I fail hard at writing, collect unemployment and find another 9-5 meat-grinder of a job.
It’s worth a shot. And I hope I can entertain you while I give it a go.
So, here is the plan, dear reader:
My amazing plan for riches and glory! (Maybe)
1. Story time!
First off, I will be rolling out stories on a regular basis starting very soon. How soon? Very soon.
Of course there will be perks for those who throw a dollar or two my way, but the stories will be free for anyone who wants to read them.
These will be series installments, each story part of a greater whole, and each series related in unexpected ways. I think you will like it.
The world is built. The map has been…um…mapped. Ideas have taken hold and won’t let me forget them.
This can be fun, and I hope you’ll join me!
2. Scrivener time!
Secondly I will be starting a massive blog series on the tools of the trade, namely Scrivener and Aeon Timeline.
These will be the real deal — Not a bunch of quasi-related posts about how I like to use Scrivener, but a detailed how-to covering both the Windows and OS X versions of the software (something often missing from Scrivener books).
How to use tags, making your own templates, exporting that bad-boy to an ePub/mobi/PDF, fancy tricks that will make the finished product pop.
And I will have a few pre-made Scrivener templates for those who want plug-and-play goodness for their writing projects.
The whole shebang.
The A to Z.
I think you get what I’m saying.
And it will be free on this here blog thing, awaiting your eyeballs.
3. Blaaghy blaagh!
And, of course, there is this here place, my own shriveled little corner in the vast Internets.
More posts are coming than you can shake a stick at. Even a large stick. There is a lot to cover out there, and this new position I find myself in (as a jobless hippy!) means I am going to get pummeled by the old g0ds of writing — Expect this journey to be blogged about, and maybe you can avoid whatever pitfalls I am likely to fall into.
Not to mention I am reaching out to a few talented writers, who may grace (FYI I misspelled ‘grace’ as ‘grave’ originally. Freudian slip?) this blog with their presence.
Sounds fun to me, how about you?
4. And, of course, novels.
The fantasy novel has been on hiatus while other things were in the works, but once I get a schedule going — Writing the stories for Patreon, getting a regular editing schedule set up, etc. — The novel will be revisited.
I know there is a lot of novels out there, and the fantasy has its share of stinkers, but this is a good one. I promise.
Unique, interesting, maybe even a little crazy. And elves aren’t invited.
There is a lot of good stuff in there.
And as I pick the thing back up I will be writing it mostly in the open, letting you all in on the trials and tribulations.
And, through all of this, I’ll need your help!
I am in a pretty good place with my writing, but it isn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination.
I avoid most of the pitfalls that make for really crappy writing. I dodge cliche ideas, I beat down purple prose, and judo-chop stiff characters in the face.
But I have a way to go in the craft, my friends, and I need people who don’t live in my head to help me find the path!
Your comments, criticisms, and hate mail will help me get better at what I love to do. And who knows, you may even like the stuff!
Stay tuned for more, and let me know what you think in the comments!