So I Messed That Up

When I got back from my road trip I published a book. That book was The Fall of Awesome, which sold pretty well back in 2012, before Super  Hero fiction became a thing. I’d written it the year before for NaNoWriMo while I was on the road traveling, inspired by comics and stories I’d written and roleplaying game adventures I’d had back in middle and high school.

Since 2012, I have published at least one book a year. Until 2016, when I didn’t publish anything. Part of that was trying to get back into freelance work, and part was just being busy, but 2016 was also supposed to be the year I transitioned to full time writer, so not getting a single book out is, well, pretty much totally failure. I don’t even have a bunch of awesome blog posts or anything to show that I was writing something. I really don’t know what I did all year.

2017 is looking better, with two of the books that should have come out last year almost done, and two more in the works. I have to do better, that’s all there is to it.

So There’s This New Website

So, if you haven’t noticed, I’ve done a little work around the ole’website. While I still have some links to add – so you can get from one page to the others more easily, this is what I’ve been working on recently (when I probably should have been writing). It was something that was past due time, and was more of an issue than I’d expected it to be.

A year or more ago, when my lovely partner in all things and I founded 721publishing, she wanted to do the website design. I said okay, and she invested in EverWeb, which is a website development program with hosting options. It was decent looking, and with the hosting attached it seemed pretty straightforward to use. She had a history of bad luck with hosting sites, and was comfortable with it, so I let her have at it.

When the time came for me to redo my sites, I went to EverWeb – I mean we were paying for yearly licensing and hosting, so why not. I was, less happy with it. I’d been using WordPress (both .com and .org), and knew that change was going to be hard, but I increasingly found that EverWeb just didn’t do the things I wanted it to do. So I started using small WordPress modules and pages to make up for the lack, and the realized I was just being stupid and should do the whole thing in WordPress to keep it simple.

Which meant, of course, that the couple weeks I’d spent building a site in EverWeb was totally wasted and I had to start over. I’d wanted the new site up by January 1st, and that date was already past, so I just worked on getting a framework up in WordPress, linked to the .com blogs that were already live (which saved me server space) and launched the whole thing – which seems to have worked.

I still want to add direct links between the pages (right now you have to go back to the home page), and have some better content (besides stuff like this), but I also have two WIP and want to get back into freelance writing (and some photography), so I have a lot on my plate. Or computer. Computer plate.

Stay tuned!

Restarting and Rebirth and Stuff

So, this is a new year. 2017 and everything. A lot of new things.

Okay, not so many new things. In fact, it’s a lot of the same old, same old. I work, I work more. I don’t get enough time with my loved ones. I try to find the time in my days and weeks to write, to make the videos I have mapped out, to finish the articles and blog posts I have started.

A lot of those things haven’t been getting done. I would like to blame this on a lot of things in my life, but that would only be blame. Responsibility is mine. haven’t been writing or taking the time to do the things I want to do, and no matter how much I complain or point out the reasons, reason I think are very good, those things still aren’t done.

So, it’s a new year. While I said it’s the same old, same old – it isn’t. In fact, there are so many new and exciting things in my life. I went part time at Bell Ambulance so I could travel and write and spend more time with my wife.

Oh, and I got married on New Years Day, 2016. So it’s been a year of marriage, more than that now. I still don’t get tired of spending time with her, and I don’t think I ever will. When I went part time it was to write more, but all that happened was I spent more time with her. It’s hard to give that up, but its something I need to manage better.

I have two WIP (writer talk for Works In Progress) right now. One is part of the Super City books – moving back in time to the origins of the Super Squad. The other is a non-fiction book on travel. The Super City book has a first draft, the travel book doesn’t but I’m working on it.

There is also this – a complete redesign of my websites in an attempt to get it all together and organized better. I had to learn how to do a lot of it, and some of the things aren’t as smooth as I want them to be (yet), but I think it will be easier to keep everything current and up to-date.

Probably. Hopefully.

So, now it’s 2017 and I want to make a new start on getting all these things done and covered and move forward with it all. Easy to say, this early in January. I guess time will tell.