So, as those of you who drop by here at all, you know I don't blog prolifically. I want to keep the blog running, since there is value in blogging that I won't get into here. But as I look at the content and purpose of my blog, I think I may make some changes around here.
I'm toying with the idea of doing monthly releases of stories written solely for this spot. As many of you know, I already am in a contract with Digital Dragon Magazine (www.digitaldragonmagazine.net) to write serial fiction, and that isn't changing. But, if I can do it, I may start offering fiction here as well...that is, if anyone wants to read it. (Comments about that would help! Nudge, nudge.)
I'm also debating taking some slightly risky advice from mega-selling fantasy author David Farland. (Runelords) I get an e-mail bulletin from his called "David Farland's Daily Kick in the Pants," which he uses to offer writers tips on the world of writing. Today, his advice was to set out a donations jar.
Now, being the conservative that I am, I don't believe in getting something for nothing. I figure, if I'm going to set up a donations jar on my blog, I could at least try to offer something entertaining on the blog in exchange for a reader even considering a donation. I have a very specific goal in mind, actually,for these donations: to collect enough pennies to pay my airfare and hotel for the ACFW conference this fall. I'm determined to go...where else can I hope to learn a ton about the craft and business of writing, as well as to make some contacts to get closer to having a publisher for The Sword of the Patron? You, as a reader, may be able to be part of helping that novel and it's subsequent members of the series to publication, and this little donations jar could be part of that equation.
It's humbling to look to readers for help in becoming more widely available to be read, but it's also a fact: without readers, writers go nowhere.
So, keep an eye out for potential changes around here. If the muse blesses me with a plotline soon, perhaps a new story or even a serial will soon grace the pages of this slightly weedy blog.