Browsing Through Time…


Today I decided to try and go back through my old Live Journal in search of the first time I mentioned a particular project.  That project, a three-way collaboration that is very important to me, turned out to date all the way back to December of 2003.  In fact, it dates back to about a week before Katie was born – because when I found it, I also found another memory – the realization that Trish and I were going to create a life together…a collaboration of a much more intimate and important kind…still in progress, and doing very well, in case you wonder.

I discovered a lot of things digging through all those years of blog posts.  I found, for instance, that I used to post every day.  I always talked about writing, because I was always writing.  We were in our “American Pickers” stage, using eBay and local auctions to fill in the gaps in our ability to pay bills – so there were descriptions of antiques and collectibles.  I actually reviewed every CD in my collection (at least the ones I had at work) which was about 200 reviews…four or five a day.

Now I post irregularly.  I write the same way.  I am caught up in ghost-writing projects to supplement our income, which takes up a lot less of our house than the eBay business did, but also takes up a lot of creative energy…and I post about publishing.  Digital publishing, audiobooks – I’m caught up in a whole lot of new things that I hadn’t even dreamed up back in 2003.

I’m going to go digging some more and find some of the cool things I posted back then…and share them here.  I’m also going to try to be more “in the moment” – more creative, and more “real.”  AND…

If that one author out there who could finish the project I went all the way back in time to discover the roots of sees this (unlikely as he is immeasurably more famous than I am and incredibly busy) I hope he finds the other half of the words needed for the last story in that book…

I want to see it published…and to see what people think.  I finished my five stories for the book back in 2005 – and I have records (in the Live Journal) of the process of writing most of them.  Those are five stories no one has read…and that makes me sad…because it’s readers that matter.  Writers are a dime a dozen…


Moving, Changing, Feeling the Flow


New Digs During Construction

There are two more days until we uproot everything we own and move it about twenty minutes away from where it now rests. That probably seems a lot less significant when you put it that way than it really is.  Honestly, we’re moving from a 100 year old historic home to a brand new home.  We’re going to save a lot on utilities and taxes.  We’re going to halve all commutes and school trips.  We’re going to have a house without drafts, where the doors and windows work…there are are many other things.

As a writer and publisher, I hope it will free up more time, help me organize the clutter, and in general give me a better attitude.  All of these are productive things moving into a new year.  I hope it will bring more serenity to the family.  I hope we’ll like the new place, the neighborhood, and the situation.  I don’t know where my computer will sit, or where I’ll write – that will be new.

Still, I can’t imagine anything more refreshing than a total reboot, and that’s basically what has been accomplished here.  I won’t take much credit for it – Trish worked long and hard to find a place; providence dropped buyers into our lap in a market when we had no good expectation of finding one…the stars apparently aligned.  I’m good with that.

Exciting things will happen with publishing this year – both digital and audio – and if all works out, even some print.  Who knows?  Maybe the long-awaited book featuring myself and Neil Gaimain writing fiction inspired by the art of Lisa Snellings will happen.  I believe it might…we are one story away, and Neil has begun writing it.

For now, I have to wait.  In a few days, we’ll be in a new place.  I’ll have more to say then.  For now, I will fill the hours with the current ghost-writing project and some publishing catch-up…

Change that makes a difference…


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