And I Still Don’t Have That Cover Art Yet…

Okay, so I’ve got a series of posts which will go out as my cover art is finished, and still more ongoing blog post series that I intend to start\resume once “In Forgery Divided” is published.

But I’m struggling to come up with things to write allowing me to keep this blog active from one week to the next. I’d hate to start these series (or RE-start them) just to have to set them aside one week later for the “In Forgery Divided” push.  And I’ve already missed my regular Sunday blog twice in the last three weeks, so I don’t want to just skip it again.

So, I’m going to make a desperate plea (desperate because, while I know there are some people who actually read this blog, none of them ever comment here) for people to put in there suggestions for a Sunday Blog topic you want covered. If I actually get any, and if the cover is delayed for ANOTHER week, I’ll try and use them.

Administrative note:  Comments using the acronym “SEO” are banned.  Why?  Because, even though the people who actually READ this blog rarely seem to comment, I still have a ton of spam comments I have to deal with.  I was starting to get close to five spam comments a day on “SEO optimization” and whatnot.  Ugh.  If you DO legitimately want to talk about Search-Engine Optimization, contact me by Twitter or Facebook and I’ll consider it.

Tragic, Epic, and Heroic Commercials

So… that cover art that I was promised would be done two weeks ago still has not been completed yet (I’ve gotten two drafts in the past two weeks, both further along in completion than the previous week, but nothing final yet. Until it’s final, I’m not paying for it, and until I pay for it, I can’t post any of the cover drafts here). And I’m still working my way through the clean-up of the edits; that’ll probably take me another couple weeks.

I missed adding a blog last week (actually, I wrote about 75% of this post last week, but then forgot to finish and post it), and I don’t think it would be a good idea to miss two Sunday Blogs in a row during a period I should be trying to ramp up interest in my upcoming novel, so I’ve got to figure out something to add as a filler.

Well, I’ve got an idea inspired by the buzz over “Superbowl Commercials.” Now, I wish I’d remembered to finish this post and get it out there last week, when it would have been more timely, but it isn’t really about the Super Bowl. It’s about commercials.  In fact, I’m pretty sure that none of these ads aired during any Superbowl, ever.  Specifically, I was looking for good commercials which, in just a minute or two, maybe without even a single spoken word, were stories that fit the elements of an Aristotilian tragedy, a classical epic, and\or a heroes journey.

Tragedy

Let’s start with the Aristotilian Tragedy of these examples.  (And I’m using this link because that’s what came up in the Google search;  I could cite print books for all of these literary forms, but I couldn’t link to them).  As the link says, these tragedies include:  Plot, Character, Thought, Diction, and Spectacle.  Oh, yes, and a musical number.  And it ends with a catharsis.  Only the first two (plot and character) are truly required, but let’s see how many of them this commercial can get into its one minute and two seconds of length.

 

Plot:  It’s a fairly simple plot, but any sporting event has plots and subplot.  This may be only the last few seconds of one such sporting event, but you’ve effectively got all the details you need for the game there — it’s clearly a special game (homecoming, most likely, though maybe a playoff game), but the home team heroes lose to the visiting team (cast as the villains in the piece, sort of) in the last second.  The strange thing about this “plot” is that it’s complete in the first thirty-five seconds of the minute long commercial; the rest is denouement.

Character:  Lots of characters in this one.  You’ve got the home team hero, holding the ball.  You’ve got the “villain” who steals it.  You’ve got the coach, who recognizes what is going to happen only too late.  The cheerleaders, who are watching in shock.  There’s certainly no lack of characters.

Thought:  In this case, ‘thought’ refers more to theme than anything.  And the theme is one of loss.  Yes, it’s just the loss of a basketball game, but that’s still a loss.

Diction:  Okay, I gotta admit, there isn’t a single word written or spoken in the whole thing, which makes anything you could call ‘diction’ (the “expression of the meaning of the words”) hard to find.  I don’t think that should disqualify it as a tragedy, though.

Spectacle:  The spectacle, in Aristotilian tragedy, is the part least related to literature.   In essence, it refers to the special effects, the props, the staging, etc.  Now, everything about this whole ad is spectacle — the slow motion, the dark lighting, that spinning tiger’s head… it’s all spectacle.  But, in this case, it’s the spectacle that makes all the previous elements work.

Music:  There is no spoken word, no “chorus” as Aristotle would think of it… but the music that plays throughout this commercial just sets the mood.  Lacrimosa, from Mozart’s Requiem (a song for the dead), is appropriately mournful, and the spectacle and the theme (or thought) are perfectly set up by this music.

Catharsis:  And here is where it uses the elements of a tragedy to be a good ad.  I’m not even sure the advertisers thought of it this way, but at the end of this tragedy, the “Catharsis,” the way to purge yourself of the tragic emotions that this commercial evokes, is to buy the shoe they’re trying to sell.  And all they need to do this is to show you an easily-recognized logo, and suddenly you know.

Epic

Now, ‘epic’ is a word that has come to mean a lot of things.  To be clear, I’m referring to whether or not a single commercial can fit the classical epic tradition.  The form of “epic” your High School English teacher used to refer to works such as Gilgamesh, Homer’s Oddysey, Beowulf, and the like.   Huge works, typically, that included specific elements:  A hero, who does great deeds, across a vast setting, highly stylized, with an element of divine intervention, ending with a heroes reward.

I had an English teacher who delighted in pointing out how the Princess Bride espoused all of these — a relatively short comedy, which you wouldn’t normally think of as an epic at all — but even that is massive compared to the one minute twenty second ad below:

The young boy in this commercial is our Hero.  You might say he’s on a quest to woo the maiden fair, or you might just say he’s a little preteen kid, but he is certainly — from a literary perspective — the hero of this piece.

Again, there’s not a single spoken word (beyond the name “Lily”), lending to a very stylized form of storytelling.  Arguably, this is a story which would have had a lot less impact if it had used words… (especially since this ad was for a European supermarket chain, and the language isn’t one I’m familiar with).

Now, let’s get this out of the way now:  You might consider this too “small” in scope and setting to be an epic.  After all, it’s really just two houses across the street from one another, with a brief scene in a department store.  But scope is relative; for a character like our Hero, someone who is still into making bed forts and the like, ‘across the street’ might as well be ‘across the galaxy.’  But what about the other elements of an epic?

Does he do great deeds in his quest?  Well, yes — he completes the snowmen for the girl he’s crushing on.  With remarkable likenesses.  In one night.  Sneaking past his overprotective (as seen by the father covering up his eyes) parents’ guard to do so.  Considering the scope of the characters, that was a tremendous deed.

But our Hero is still struggling to find a way to ask the girl out.  Obviously, he settles on a note… but how to deliver it?  He considers several options, but he either can’t find the courage or the technique he needs to give it to the girl face to face.  And there is where the divine intervention comes in… in the form of a Han Solo doll:  Searching for inspiration, he sees his little Han Solo doll pointing in the direction of his Stormtrooper helmet… and suddenly he knows just what to do.

And in the end, he is rewarded by the girl coming over (in Leia costume, accompanied by a Chewbacca-dog) for Christmas dinner, gift in hand.

Brings tears to my eyes… (literally, the first time I saw it).

The Heroes Journey

Many years ago, Joseph Campbell wrote the definitive work describing the Heroes Journey.  Now, I would recommend reading the whole book, but a simple summary of what he’s talking about can be found here:  It starts in a relatively ordinary world, but the hero recieves a call to adventure.  First he refuses, but then finds a mentor who guides him into the journey ahead.  He crosses the first threshold, finds allies and enemies, has setbacks, crosses a major hurdle, and then gets a reward.  After being rewarded, he starts on a journey back to his ordinary life, wherin he must use everything he has learned, and those things help him apply that knowledge to his once-again ordinary life.

That’s twelve steps; in a two minute commercial (far longer than most commercials in the US, but the example I’m giving was aired in South Africa), that just leaves you just ten seconds for each element.  Not possible, you say?  Well…

(incidentally, his may very well be my favorite of these three ads)

Let’s see:  We have a hero who has an ordinary life, who has made a living for himself without ever learning how to read.  It can be assumed that at some point, he decided to ‘refuse the call to adventure’ that is learning how to read, but there is this mysterious man in a poster who encourages him to learn how — his “mentor.”

He crosses the first threshold at the very start of this commercial, buying some books on how to read.  He finds allies in his teacher, his wife, the shopkeeper at the fishmarket, his buddies at the cafe that he plays Scrabble against, etc.  He has setbacks  (spelling cat “kat”), but he crosses a major hurdle (getting the “gold star”) and completes his adult literacy class (the reward).  He starts his journey back to an ordinary life by opening the book his “mentor” had written, using his newfound literacy to read it… before finally meeting with said mentor, who turns out to be his son, who you can tell is just so impressed that his father would learn how to read just to read his book that he has to celebrate… and in a way that the ordinary man would appreciate:  With a Bell’s Scotch Whiskey.

Another ad that brought tears to my eyes…

Conclusion

Are you readers of this blog following what I’m doing here?  These are great commercials not necessarily because they sell the product (two of the products — Kaufman’s grocery store and Bell’s Scotch — aren’t even available in my country; the third, a type of shoe, is for a variety of shoe I don’t need) but because they really are stories, accomplishing in just one or two minutes what the greats of literature needed prolonged stories to tell.

You could sum it up as “size doesn’t matter when it comes to story,” but I’m not really trying to put a moral on this.  I’m just celebrating great storytelling.  And these ads tell great stories.

It’s such a shame that most advertisers these days think the likes of “puppymonkeybaby” (no video or link added because I don’t want to have to watch it again to find it) are great ads.  After all, they think, everyone’s talking about it (in horror and disgust, but who cares about that?), so it must be good.  Who cares about great storytelling when you’re the talk of the Superbowl?

Sigh.

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So, I’m Cleaning Up My Edits…

As I’ve mentioned the past couple of weeks, I’ve been cleaning up the edits for “In Forgery Divided” in preparation for its release (I’m still waiting on the cover art, as well. I was promised a copy of the pending-final-approval finished product “in a week” last Monday. Still 29 hours to go…). I’ve noticed a few things that should be mentioned (and those of you who follow me on Facebook might have seen a couple of these points before):

1. I’ve frequently heard “Your book will shrink by 20-30% as it’s edited.” When I edited book one (In Treachery Forged), this was largely true, but it hasn’t been true since. “The Kitsune Stratagem” increased in size, starting at just over 140,000 words and ending almost exactly 10,000 words larger. So far, about five chapters in, “In Forgery Divided” is keeping pretty darn close to the same number of words as it was in the first draft (despite a number of changes, the cuts and the additions seem to have balanced each other out). (I wish I could say what “The Merrimack Event” was doing, but I have yet to decide on an editor for it. In pre-editor self-edits, however, I did cut out about 30,000 words).

2. I’ve frequently heard “Those parts you struggled with the most when writing will be the best parts; the ones you thought were easy will wind up needing the most edits.” Again, this just hasn’t matched up with my experience. Through everything I’ve written, the things that I’ve had the easiest time with have had the fewest editorial comments (save some proofreading issues largely caused by my mild dyslexia; that doesn’t seem effected by the difficulty of the writing at all). The things I’ve struggled with the most in writing have had the most editorial comments. That pattern is (SO FAR) matching my experience with “In Forgery Divided” as well.

3. I didn’t really think of it as editing, but as I clean up the edits I recieve I’m doing a lot of editing myself. I’d say I’m more of a second-pass self-editor at this stage. I don’t just make the corrections my paid for (or bartered for, in this case) editor suggest; I read every word (well, more or less) and do my own editorial work. I don’t know if I do more edits than the paid for editor or not, but I do a lot of them.

4. I hate missing opportunities, but that can happen in the middle of a big project like this. When I was working to get “In Treachery Forged” released, I missed out on an opportunity to be part of a cross-promotional anthology because I was too busy. This time, an opportunity came up to volunteer as a beta reader for a bigger-named author — something which can really help a guy in the professional networking department. Unfortunately, I’m deep into the edits, and didn’t have time. I almost volunteered anyway, but by the time I figured out how I could handle it the author was full up.

5. Lots of people enjoy snow because it gives them time off. When you’re writing or editing, you get no time off; you lose time. You still have to work and you ALSO have to tire yourself (or injure yourself; pulled a muscle in my shovel arm) out shovelling on the same day. A blizzard can really kill your momentum.

I’m sure I’ll have more observations at some point. I may even get them into blog form, some day… but my blogs will continue to be a bit sparse until I finally get the book out.

So, That Post Still Isn’t Quite Done…

So, that post I told you about last week, the one I’ve been working on for weeks? Yeah, that still isn’t done. Sorry about that. I’d like to think you’ll forgive me when you hear the reason why:

The edits for “In Forgery Divided” have come in.

Now, the cover art isn’t done (though it’s getting there; I honestly was expecting to be able to give you news on that front, first), and I still need to go through these edits myself, but this is Big News. Editing is the most time-consuming part of the post-writing process. That phase is mostly complete, now (I say mostly because I still have to make my own final review, run a final spellcheck, etc.), and if the cover art is really as close as I think I may be able to get the book out, at least as a pre-order, in a couple weeks.

But don’t be surprised if I still haven’t finished that blog post by next week, either — I’m going to be busy working on the “In Forgery Divided” manuscript.

No Weekly Blog Post.

Obviously, I haven’t got a real post to post this Sunday.  I’ve been working on one for the last three weeks and it isn’t finished yet, and I don’t have any substitutes ready to go.  I’ll try to get SOMETHING up next week, even if it isn’t my planned post.

Convention Issues

If you’re new here, you may not have noticed that I maintain (well, try to, anyway) a listing of writer-friendly science fiction conventions, which you can normally find a link to up top. Because of the qualifications I look for when adding these conventions, most of what I include are smaller, fan-run conventions (though not all of them are “smaller.” Dragoncon constantly under-reports its attendance figures, and they claimed 70,000 attendees last year; that’s on the list).

That usually makes for a good, fun convention. But, as someone who tries to maintain a certain minimum amount of information on these conventions, it also frequently means their websites are one man operations, which may or may not have any oversight. This can result in convention listings with rather amusing omissions from their listings.

For example, take Ro-Con.  Ro-Con, the successor to the now retired Pi-Con, notes on its website that it will be catered to by the hotel restaurant (though it is not described as the hotel restaurant; you would only know this if you were familiar with the hotel), La Luna of New London.  Here’s the kicker:  Nowhere, on the website, do they mention where the convention is actually held!  (I will note that, several months after I found out about this convention and contacted the staff to find out where it is being held, they started mentioning it is in “Southeastern Connecticut,” but it still doesn’t list the hotel it is being held in).

College-based conventions rarely have informative website.  Take, for example, JohnCon, a science fiction convention based in Johns Hopkins University.  You will note that they claim they will be hosting their 2016 convention in “Spring.”  Nothing more than that, even though it’s already January.  At least they give me that much warning — I’ve found a few conventions which don’t update their website for almost a year, making me wonder if they’ve shut down operations, only for them to announce the new dates a week or two before the convention actually happens.  I understand it, sort of, with these collegiate conventions — they probably get most of their attendees using flyers on campus, and so any attendees they might get from their website are a secondary concern — but it does complicate things when I only update every other month or so.

Worse is MonsterCon.  I know there is an actual event called “MonsterCon,” and that it takes place in South Carolina at some point over the course of the year.  They run so many lesser events, however, that they somehow have forgotten — for at least the last two years — to include the actual MonsterCon on the MonsterCon website; I’m only certain it’s been going on because I have facebook friends who somehow were able to figure out when and where it was and were able to attend.  (I believe they were actually invited guests; I’m not sure how anyone else figured out when it was).

But at least it has a website — there are a few conventions I try to track (The Tidewater Alliance’s Galacticon, for example) that only ever get mentioned on Facebook.  We all know how reliable Facebook is, right?  These are usually smaller, one-day conventions, but not always — SciFiCon VA is a 3-day convention based out of Staunton, Virginia, and the only website I’ve ever been able to find for them is their Facebook page.  I wasn’t able to list their November convention because I didn’t hear they were holding it until the first day of the con; I tried following them on Facebook, but I never got the event notification.

This is the sort of thing I have to deal with maintaining the event calender.  So, if you know of a convention I’ve left off of this calender and you think it belongs here, please, PLEASE let me know.  Especially if it’s a smaller one, a one-day convention, a convention based out of a college, a convention that updates only on Facebook, or whatever else.  You don’t have to run said convention, or be on staff, or have any connection whatsoever with it — if all you know about it is that it exists and it’s not on this list, please let me know.

Obviously, this blog was not the next blog in the “This Book Cannot Make Any Money” series, but was instead prompted by the convention calender update.  Next week, assuming I don’t have any news about “In Forgery Divided” (I’m hoping for some news any day now),  I’ll resume that series, but I hope you’ll be pleased with the calender update in the interim.  Happy (belated) New Years, everyone!

The Plan Behind a Book That Can’t Make Any Money….

Well, I had fun with Star Wars, Christmas, and so forth — time to get back to work with the regular Sunday Blogs, resuming my latest series.

I’ve assessed what content will be in “This Book Cannot Make Any Money” (for the most part), which (for the purpose of this blog sereis) is the equivalent of writing a book.  So let’s get into what we need to do to self-publish, now that we’re done “writing” (keeping in mind that sometimes, you need to do more than one of these at once; we’ll keep the blog posts to one subject at a time, however).

I.  Get Cover Art

I am not an artist.  I do know a little bit about design thanks to college, but that collegiate training is over a decade old and never reached professional levels.  However, I have a budget of $0 for this project, so I might have to do the cover myself.  Well, This Book Cannot Possibly Make Any Money, so it’s not like the cover matters… right?

II.  Get it all edited

Technically, I believe that this and Cover Art should be done at roughly the same time, but since I’m dedicating each post in this series to a different phase of the production, this’ll be released a different week.  This and the Cover Art post might wind up swapping, depending on how long it takes to finish each post.

Now, this is going to be a hard one.  There are two short stories (one in the Experimental\paranormal genre, one in the High Fantasy genre), some poetry (an ecclectic set mixing, IIRC, rhyming couplets, thematic poetry, and haiku), and clippings from various novels and short stories that will never see the light of day (one historical novel, one mythological retelling, and… well, I’m still looking through my old files for any salvageable cuts).  I’d need to find an editor willing to work in all of those genre.  Oh, and I need to find one in my budget.  A budget of… um… wait, this book Cannot Possibly Make Any Money, so I have a total budget of $0.  Hm, this is going to be trickier than I thought.

III.  Book Design

Book Design, at the basic level, is one of the things I feel comfortable handling by myself… usually.  However, this book is an ecclectic mix of prose and poetry, and the book design might get a bit more complex.  Still, $0 budget, so… we’ll see what we can do.

Now, I have Adobe inDesign, but I’m doing this whole blog series on going from “written” to “published” with a budget of $0, and in my spare time.  It seems unfair to suggest that the sorts of things I want to do should just be pushed into an expensive piece of professional software like inDesign, so we’ll explore a few free or inexpensive alternatives I already have access to when doing this design work.

IV.  Publishing Electronically

Ah, finally, something that you rarely have to hire out to get accomplished.  Well, you can, if you really want to, but you can get your ebook out just about anywhere that sells eBooks with just a touch of effort.  Since we have a budget of $0 for this project, let’s just assume that no, we aren’t going to pay for distribution.  We’ll go through our options, however — things can change between now and when we get to this stage of the process.

V.  POD Publishing

Making a print book is almost impossible without spending a little money, and this book Cannot Make Any Money.  But I think I’m willing to go $9 or so in debt I need to be to order a proof copy at Createspace (or whatever other option I explore for this thing).

VI.  Marketing.

And the final, and most dreaded, stage:  Marketing!  Of course, why bother marketing this if it Can’t Possibly Make Any Money?  Still, we’ll go through the motions of trying to market your book on a budget of $0, and see if there are any results.  Who knows — maybe someone will buy this book by mistake, and not bother returning it!

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Star Wars Weekend

I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Friday, as I said I would. A worthy successor for the franchise (unlike the prequel trilogy), though I wasn’t expecting them to turn (REDACTED DUE TO SPOILERS) into a MacGuffin–

Oh, good grief. I can’t talk about this without spoilers (though the definition of spoilers is somewhat disputed, and I agree that some people are a little too paranoid about spoilers, I’m trying to make this blog friendly to the people who use the most widespread definition of the word).  Regular blogs will resume next Sunday, once I’ve worked the desire to talk about the movie (with spoilers) out of me….

I Can’t Possibly Make Any Money With This Post…

(Note:  I experimented with typing this post in notepad and pasting it here.  It seemed to have a few bugs with paragraph returns; I tried to fix the formatting as much as I could, but if I missed something I apologize)

Well, last week’s poll didn’t work.  There seems to be a bug of some sort in the polling plug-in, because it kept closing fifteen minutes or so after I posted it, and nothing I would do would re-open it.  So much for that idea.

I would love to be able to give you an update on the status of In Forgery Divided or The Merrimack Event, today.  Unfortunately, there is nothing I can tell you that I haven’t already said.  I’ve heard nothing new from editor, and have nothing I can post from my cover artist.  So, both still have some time to go.

I’d still like to talk books, though, rather than go into a ramble.  I recall, a while back, talking about a project I referred to as “This Book Cannot Make Any Money!”  The idea was to, instead of writing another blog series on Self-Publishing, to walk people through the self-publishing process while I compiled and built a new book.

However, since I’ve already launched (or am about to launch) three series of novels already, I don’t intend to write anything new for it.  Instead, I’m going to make it a compilation of a things I’ve written in the past that, for one reason or another, aren’t worth trying to sell… (at least not on their own).

So, in this first edition of the “Can’t Possibly Make Any Money!” blog series, I’ll assess what I’ve got in terms of content… and why I figured they wouldn’t make any money in the first place.

The first thing is a short story entitled “Voices.”  Running only about 1,500-2,000 words, it’s not exactly large enough to self-publish on its own.  I’m actually very proud of this story, but it’s a hard sell to literary magazines as it’s experimental\paranormal fiction (in more ways than one).  The story was inspired by more than one English teacher saying, with absolute certitude, that “You should never write a novel from the first person omniscient perpective — it will never work.”  So, of course, I set about to prove them wrong.  I decided to give it a very ambiguous ending (you’re left to decide if the character REALLY was as omniscient as he claims).  Years ago, I tried shopping this story around, but it was always rejected (though I recieved nice handwritten rejections from the likes of the prestigious Atlantic Monthly for it; sadly, my copy of that rejection was lost in a move, but in it the editor said I should make the ending less ambiguous… which went against what I was trying to do with the story in the first place.  Ah, well).

The second item is an (untitled, but I’ll figure one out before publication) five page short story written entirely as an inside joke.  This takes a touch of background to explain:  I once joined a small writer’s group (The LCPS “Writer’s Circle”) sponsored by my local county’s public school system (why?  Because it was the only writing-oriented thing I could find near me open to adults).

It was a… very interesting experience.  There were five “enrolled” participants (including me) and the “instructor” (because it was operated by the Adult Education program of the public school system, an “instructor” was required; his being an “instructor” was a title of bureaucratic necessity, only).  My fellow enrollees were as follows:  A children’s book author who didn’t like children (she said so repeatedly and insisted she wasn’t joking), a woman writing a memoir of her battle against Lyme Disease (ugh), a blogger for “Voice of America” who never returned after our first meeting, and an octogenarian nurse on the verge of retirement whose only previous writing experience was writing reports for her job.  All four of the other enrollees specifically said they hated science fiction and fantasy stories, like the ones I had hoped to share with the circle.  Yay.

The instructor was fairly knowledgeable, however.  He was a thriller\mystery novelist, and enjoyed reading in the science fiction and fantasy genre.  He had appeared as a panelist at some conventions alongside the likes of Kevin J. Anderson, and for the most part knew what he was talking about (or at least, I agreed with many of his opinons on things).  However, there was one small problem.  We were all responsible for turning in five pages of writing every week for discussion, and INVARIABLY he had the same comment for everyone:  “You need more details about [the scene\the character\the setting\the background].”  If we made things as detailed as he wanted, though, it would take far more than five pages.  So, as a prank, in the last week of the Writer’s Circle I wrote a five-page story that was so focused on these details that there was only room for two lines of actual story.  Along the way, I used every synonym of the color red I could find to describe things.

He got the joke, and was amused… but his comment was “You spent all this time on the visual, but we never got any details on the sounds and smells!”  *sigh*

It’s all an inside joke, and being an inside joke I don’t think it could make any money on its own.  At least, not without some explanation.  An explanation I could type up for the compilation without a problem.

And then there’s the third item on the list of things I plan to include in this compilation:  Poetry.  Which, well, every author I know of says you can’t make any money selling poetry… and honestly, these poems are probably not what people who LIKE writing poetry would try selling.  And, honestly, I don’t like writing poetry all that much.

“Wait,” I know (some) of you want to say.  “Why have you even written poems if you don’t like poetry?”

Well, uh… the poems I plan to include are partly the result of high school English-class poetry assignments.  There are three High School poems (well, two high school poems and a tryptych  of linked theme poems, two of which were added post-high school), some haiku I wrote for my days as a fanfic writer (there is a character in a particular anime I was a fan of who always tried to speak in haiku; I always hated writing his dialog), and maybe one or two other pieces I’ve forgotten about which I’ll find going through my old records.  Not enough for a whole book full of poetry, but there is some.

And that’s it for COMPLETED work that might be included.  However, nothing says I have to just use completed work — in the many years before I self-published, I wrote a whole heck of a lot.  Much of it will never be published (in some cases, as with my fanfiction, it isn’t legal to; in other cases, I decided it just wasn’t good enough; with the upcoming release of “The Merrimack Event,” we’ll be through all of the work I thought was publishable in my past writing; In Forgery Divided is the first novel-length work I’ve written since I started self-publishing).  Some of that body of work, however, includes material which might still be interesting clipped out of the original work.  Keeping with the theme, though, it’s not likely you’d make any money as a writer trying to sell clippings of books you’ll never publish.

I’m not really sure what genre I’ll file a collection that contains paranormal, high fantasy, novel fragments, and poetry all together… but that’s another blog.  (Note:  Next week is Star Wars: The Force Awakens week.  I’m probably not going to work on this blog at all, so my first follow-up on this post won’t be for at least two weeks)

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