We are now in the middle of NaNo, a time honoured tradition of trying to write a story in 30 days. This year I am not participating, but NaNo is still a time for me to celebrate.
Archive for November 2016
So this is a super quick post, primarily because I don’t want to lose my place on the IWSG list. For some reason that is important to me.
I’ve been super busy as of late, spending a lot of time working on my course. I meant to do this long ago, but as you know, things happen. My computer crashed on me. Thankfully, my computer setup is designed that if I do crash, I don’t lose that much. Some stuff was lost. My computer has 3 drives, and the OS drive (or C:\) is only 32GB. Then I have a drive for programs and storage.
I hope next month to announce my actual course, and maybe have a coupon for my readers. It looks like I won’t do another Worldbuilding article until next year. That really pains me, as I have so much I want to write about, but this course takes priority.
I am happy that despite only having one article last month, I still got over 900 views. It’s good to know my website is still relevant even when I am very busy. When one has very little in life, the smallest things are the biggest achievements.
In the Matrix Trilogy, Neo was not ready to know the truth until he understood one important thing… himself. In many ways this was foreshadowed above the Oracles door with the sign that read, “Temet Nosce.”
We are writers. We take the world and remold it into our stories. We take world events or established stories, and recraft them. Even if the story is entirely original, some aspect of life can be gleamed from your work. Especially that of your characters. Readers need to be able to see themselves and those they know in the characters we write… but how do we do that?
The answer is simple: Profiling.
I had hoped to write to you today, to celebrate my blog receiving 40,000 views since March 2014. As of publishing this, I’m at 39,777. Very close. I’m hoping with doing both my IWSG article and my newest Worldbuilding article on Gold will get me there today.
Seems like every time I do a IWSG article, I am announcing some big change. With my life these days, there are times where it is exciting, and times where it is very scary. However, change is inevitable, and the best we can do is face it head on.
Couple of things going on…
First I want to report that I received my first payment from my release of Daygar Legacy. It was $10. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but to me, it is a fantastic amount.
From 2012, when I first starting publishing, to 2014, Amazon sent me $7. In 6 months, I had earned more than I had in my first two years. We all want the big win, but not only is it important to celebrate the small successes, it’s important to celebrate when we improve.
With what is going on in my life, I have taken a break from writing. I am putting a hold on my fiction, my help books, and my literary terms articles. I will still be doing Worldbuilding articles, but I may cut back on those, unfortunately.
My focus right now is teaching Online Courses. I’ve mentioned this before, but I am now starting to design my course. Prior to that, I was taking an Online Course on how to teach an Online Course. Big thanks to Phil Ebiner, who is a fantastic instructor.
I want to write. It was what I was born to do. I will come back to it, hopefully soon. But after releasing Daygar Legacy and having a professional cover design and a professional editor, I do not want to release another book without both.
Which means I need money. I actually need a lot of money. Not just to release books, but to live on, and to be able to treat myself medically. With writing, I’m in it for the long haul. However, I am realistic and I know that I may never make it as a writer. I can be hopeful and put in the time, but I know how fierce the competition can be.
Plus, I like teaching. I have mentored a few writers and I enjoy the experience of helping them take their writing to the next level. Now I’m going to do that, and charge money for it. If I already had the money in place, I’d likely not charge money, but got to make a living.
I’ve begun doing work with Udemy for my first course. Primarily it will be how to use software similiar to Wikipedia to use notes. You can see a test I did with my equipment here.
I am aware of the low audio levels, so I am working to correct that.
Another announcement is that I am getting into the Editing Business. I am opening up shop for Editing for writers. I don’t expect a lot of customers from this, but a few here and there can help me with living expenses.
There is a lot of great editors out there. Many offer Line Editing for a low tier option and things like Content Editing is more expensive. I however, offer Content Editing as my first tier, with Line Editing as a second tier.
I think I was born to do Content Editing in all honesty. With the work I do with Worldbuilding and Literary Terms on my site, I am very good at picking apart a story and find areas of improvement for a writer. You should see me in action when I’m watching a cartoon.
So I will be doing Content Editing, and I will be assisted by dSavannah George, who will be doing the Line Editing. I suck when it comes to grammar, though I’d argue that I’m better than most. She, however, is great at it.
While I am not writing as we speak, I am still focused on my career. I strongly feel this is the right course of action.