The concept of evolution is generally understood to be a process of change and growth, hopefully to something better, leaner, and sexier. These changes are often brought about through “turning points,” such as walking across a stadium wearing a square hat, spawning new people, and facing Death in its dripping maw.
But those people most eager to climb to the summit of their self-actualization know that by far, the most reliable and exciting changes are brought about through Good Old Fashioned Mutation.
Fortunately, there are many ways in which to induce mutation and spur new growth. One popular way is through a special liquid diet of caffeinated potions, and various other, erm, brews.
Check it out. It’s not that I’m proud of it — well, I’m a little proud of it. I mean, dang. That’s a lot to process in one night! My liver rocks! Just kidding, just kidding! This is an accumulation of a week…hopefully two weeks, thankyouverymuch.
Hey, don’t judge me! I am nothing if not open to trying new things. And really, when it comes down to it, when you really boil it down dry to the searing bottom, I do it for you guys. You’re welcome.
I evolve for you, Dear Reader. This stringent diet, combined with LOTS and LOTS of reading, eye-stuffing, digital immersion, and sleep deprivation — all conducted without the benefit of sunlight — resulted in a metamorphosis of a kind.
I ventured into Summerdom an Aspiring Writer, stopped in at a Starbucks and stayed a few months, and have emerged into the sharp days of Autumn a Self-Publisher. That’s right. You heard me. I’m joining the Indie Parade with my first story scheduled to come out at the end of next week. I’ll be waving and smiling from the Amazon float, waving my little “I ♥ Kindle” flag.
What does this mean for you guys? Starting, well, right now, actually, I will be bombarding you with digital clay pigeons filled with my business cards and promotional giveaways. I will also be releasing a “friendly” virus that will run virtual flags across the top of your screen every five minutes reminding you the current release is available until you 1-Click-to-Buy-It to make it go away. Oh! And I’ll have a countdown widget you can download that chimes every quarter hour for each of my next titles. It’s gonna be swell!
And that brings us to the point of this particular post. I thought I would let you know what to expect in upcoming days and reassure you that all blog content is and will continue to be created with the goal to make you dream, make you dare, make you EPIC…and above all and always to entertain you. The only kind of spam we do around here is fried. Oh, yeah!
All that making nice and holding hands aside ;), I am publishing my first short story Lookaway Dogs at the end of next week, and I’m really excited about it. My favorite artist in the whole world is doing the cover. I finally got to see it last night, and it looks amazing! (As soon as it’s finished-finished, I’ll do the unveiling.)
That means, for a little while at least, there’s going to be a lot of Indie Publishing Drum Banging going on around here. And not just because I’m joining the ranks. I think now is one of the most incredible times ever to be a writer. I can’t wait to share with you what I’ve learned and the stories I’ve come across. Aspiring writers and traditional hold-outs won’t want to miss it.
I will, of course, be blogging about my own progress in empire building and sharing with you lessons as I learn them: everything from cover design commissions to toddler wrangling tips, removing hidden characters in documents by screaming curse words at them, and quick ‘n easy recipes that are healthy, too!
I will also be resuming my semi-regular features of Workspace Wednesdays and The Sunday Short Story Report very shortly, as well as interviews with other indie authors, and more dinosaur theatrics. (Don’t worry…I haven’t forgotten. 🙂 )
In short, I have a fun schedule planned for all of you. Next post, we’ll discuss my conversion to Indie-ism and pass out propaganda buttons and tiny sandwiches. And if anyone has a tank of helium laying around, if you could bring it, that’d be great, thanks! 😉