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May not be the best writing/work/life philosophy for everyone, but it's definitely a damn close match for me

May not be the best writing/work/life philosophy for everyone, but it's definitely a damn close match for me.

Tom Pollock: Writing Around A Day Job
And now, a guest post by a really amazing author: Tom Pollock. Tom wanted to talk about how he maintains both a writing career and a day job at the same time, and that felt like a very useful persp…

It’s the Little Things…

I purposefully set up the Hidden Things kickstarter project with a fairly short fundraising timeframe. For one thing, publicity ‘stuff’ is a kind of exhausting, and I want to keep the energy level high throughout the project, so short and sweet is the order of the day.

Which brings me to the first stretch goal.

Little Things short story collection – text and audio: Do you miss Calliope? What about Vikous? Ever wanted to take a Dragon bowling? ME TOO. Little Things will be a 50+ page collection of short and short-short stories set in the Hidden Things world, packaged with the audiobook, read by the author. Unlocked at $1450.

I’m happy to have the chance to talk about this for two reasons. First, it means we’ve already hit the main project’s funding goal, so Yay! Second, it’s something that just seems like a ton of fun to me.

So fun, in fact, that I’ve already started writing some of the stories that will go into the collection. Some. I can’t write them all, right now – at least one of them will involve input from a backer, and I haven’t asked them what they want, yet – but I thought you might like to see a partial … list of ingredients — the stuff I’ve thrown in the mixing bowl, so far.

Calliope.

Detective Johnson.

A very special photo booth.

Glass shards.

Old scars.

Broken bones – the small ones, in your feet.

A mask.

A tack hammer.

Clown makeup.

Someone who doesn’t need clown makeup.

The world’s second largest ball of twine.

… and a Dragon. Of course.

I’m not sure I should say more. These are short stories after all: give away too much, and you’re already at the end.

Tiny_Abandoned_Farm

Little things can be pretty amazing.

I will say this: I am having an absolute blast writing them, and I really hope I get a chance to share them with you as part of this project.

Here’s what needs to happen.

Right now, we’re roughly $200 shy of this stretch goal. There are lots of ways to get there, and we have fifteen days to do it. I think there’s an excellent chance it can happen… if I get some help from all of you – if you meet someone who would love this project and tell them about it.

Think of these poor stories, these Little Things, suck in limbo.

I mean, I’m not saying I’m holding them hostage. I’m not evil.

But, in the coming months, I’m going to need to focus on this project, and if these stories don’t end up as part of the project, they’re going to have to wait awhile. No one will be more bummed about that than me.

But I don’t think that’s going to happen. I think we can hit this stretch goal.

We can make the world of Hidden Things a little bigger.


Interested in backing this project? Head to the Kickstarter page to find out more!

Want to find out more about the Hidden Things novel? We’ve got you covered.

Book Review: John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War

I’m excited about this! I’ve got another book review up at themittani.com. This one’s on Old Man’s War, which I went years without reading despite (or maybe because of) the great reviews. It took meeting John at a mutual book signing to get me to take the plunge.

One of those cool oil painting covers that has nothing to do with the story.

But that’s not why I’m excited about sharing it. Every time I write a review, I get a pile of great book suggestions from readers, and I’m looking forward to more. Greedy? Maybe. Don’t care. :)

Check it out and let me know what you think, and what you think I should be reading.

Community Voices: Paul Czege’s Five Important Acts For Unlocking Your Creativity

Paul did me the great compliment of sending me this piece before it went public, to ask what I thought.

My resopnse: “I think you need to tell me when it goes live, so I can tell everyone I know.”

So, here we go: Five Important Acts For Unlocking Your Creativity.

Form Artist Relationships

The mental image you have of artistic genius as flowing from an individual wellspring of inspiration is false, or at least incomplete. Something I knew about vaguely but hadn’t thought much about until recently […] was how artists in different creative mediums – writers, painters, sculptors, photographers – mixed socially and activated each other creatively in the art scene in Paris in the 20’s and 30’s. And then I went way down the rabbit hole reading about it. Paul Eluard, Man Ray, Picasso, Hemingway, Anaïs Nin, Henry Miller, and on and on. Eluard writes poems to his second wife Nusch, and Man Ray photographs her and they publish a book that’s the result of the three of them activating the artistry in each other.

[…] in the social media age [this is] actually painfully hard to find. It shouldn’t be. You can find it across creative mediums, not just with artists in your chosen creative medium. And artists are starving for it.

There isn’t a point he makes that I can’t see some real value in, and I urge you to check it out.

Discussion Topic: Independent Authors in Libraries?

Perhaps merely uninformed.

So yesterday’s post got picked up on Reddit, where a great conversation started up (say what you will about Reddit, it’s excellent for that). In that thread, someone asked:

For someone self-publishing, is there a contact or an organization that would be a good entry point for getting books into libraries? I’d much rather gift my book to any library that wanted it, than hope for the few with the budget to spare would allocate some to a new, independent author.

I just don’t know the answer. So I’m asking.