For a few years it was my intention to post here as often as I could as a way to spur me to work on my fiction writing every day. It worked in that way for a few years when I needed it as a crutch for that kind of thing. Then, after I left the Postal Service I got out of the habit of posting on the blog very much and went to other online access points to keep in touch with other people.
For the past couple of years, especially, I tended to steer clear of my blogging activities. When I was working the low-level management job I was often too busy or too stressed to come to the old desktop and create an announcement or essay to post here. Over the past couple of decades I had seen blogs that I once frequented vanish completely as the creators of them went mainly to Facebook to stay in touch with other creators or their fans. Facebook seems to have taken quite a toll on blogging.
At any rate, here I am.
Since November of 2019 I have been busy getting my back-list of novels into print. That has been foremost in my creative efforts. Plus I decided to self-publish my latest novel which has been somewhat of a chore. I have never been—to put it mildly—a fan of self-publishing. In fact, I did everything to steer clear of it since Amazon made it oh-so easy for anyone and everyone to go that route. But…I find myself walking that road.
Getting my next back-list novel out has been foremost in my efforts. That one is WORKING CLASS HERO: The Autobiography of a Super-Hero. I renegotiated the audiobook contract with Beacon Audiobooks, so that has been taken care of. But I haven’t landed cover art that satisfies me for getting the novel back into print. Add to this the fact that a traditional publisher has expressed some interest in the project and I find myself in something of a holding pattern. If the situation is right, I may send that book to a new publisher and not do it myself. Handling everything—cover art, editing, layouts, formatting, publishing, advertising, promotions—is frankly a pain in the ass. I’d rather just be a writer. I have never been a salesman and frankly that job does not interest me the way it does some people.
In between working on the books, I have been taking advantage of being retired to go hiking and to take trips with Carole to go camping and sightseeing here and there.
So. Life in retirement is proving to be a lot of fun, but also almost as busy as my life as a working stiff punching clocks five days a week.
I’m sitting in my office now trying to decide which of my back-list novels to release next. Should I go forward with WORKING CLASS HERO? Get THE CRAG back to the light of day? Will WITHERING make the cut first? Or maybe THE NEW ECOLOGY OF DEATH? Or something else?
It’s a conundrum. In the meantime, here are pretty pictures of places I’ve been and things I’ve seen in the past few weeks.
Oh, yeah! Before I forget! Buy my new audiobook of FOUR FROM MANGROVE! Narrated by the extremely talented Bruce Berlow! High fantasy as good as it gets!
|FOUR FROM MANGROVE.|
|The shoe tree outside of Wasali-Yi Inn where Appalachian Trail backpackers toss their worn-out boots.|
|Yours truly with a huge poplar tree at Amicalola Falls.|
|Lower portion of Helton Creek Falls.|
|View from the top of Blood Mountain.|
|The Blood Mountain Shelter.|
|Upper Helton Creek Falls.|
|Carole at our campsite at Vogel State Park.|
|We two at Helton Creek Falls.|
|I had the summit all to myself at Blood Mountain! Unheard of!|
|Lottery contraption. They used these when they stole the Cherokee Nation lands from the indigenous people and gave it all away to white folk.|
|The real deal. Not a fake.|
|Gold coins minted at the old Dahlonega Mint (closed at the start of the War Between the States).|