Yeah, I’m working on it. I’m no Weird Al.
Trying to be as “counter-everyone” as I could, I did not do the obligatory “year-in-review” post a few days ago. No, instead I spent my New Years my new little buddy, Jaundy, and had a Dawson’s Creek marathon. Though, for a inflatable minion, he has an unhealthy obsession with Katie Holmes.
And to be honest, in the age of blogs, Facebook, iCloud, what is the point of going back in time. It’s all there for lurkers to go through when they have nothing else better to do and all you are doing is repeating yourself. So this is a “year-in-preview” post.
Okay, I’m working on that one too.
But what is there to preview? It’s the end of the world, isn’t it? And just before christmas. too. I bet if it is, it is a total joke of God and Jesus’ part:
Somewhere in Prussia during the winter of 1912
God: I need to retire.
Jesus: Who’s going to rule over the all reality?
God: What are you talking about? I thought you were!
Jesus: Um…yeah, about that. See, I’ve been meaning to tell you, I’ve kind tinkered with one of those souls you sent down last year to gestate and I want to keep a close eye on it.
God: Christ, which one?
Jesus: The Hubbard kid.
God: Oh, well that one is okay. I only planned on him being a creepy ice cream man. If you said the Reagan kid I was going beat you right here.
Jesus: Oh no, I know how you toiled on that one. But I had a fw ideas I thought would be entertaining to add. *suppresses giggle*
God: Well, If you can’t do it, who the hell I’m I going to get?
Jesus: Speaking of hell…
God: No, he’s been talking about a new idea, Reality Television, I don’t the reality is ready for that. Plus, he’s an angel. I would get so much shit from Michael and Gabriel if I did that.
Jesus: I forgot about those tools. What about H.G.
God: He’s a ghost. The Atheists would have a field day with that one.
Jesus: I guess it time for it to end.
God: I’m glad you said it. To be honest, I only kept this thing going cause i know how much you loved these guys.
Jesus: They remind me of mom.
God: I know, son. But if you don’t want it, it’s really not worth keeping.
Jesus: Just make sure you don’t make any of those “prophets” right. How long do you think it would take to close all of this down?
God: A while, I’m still kicking my ass for setting the speed of light so high. Maybe a century.
Jesus: Oh! Do you think by December of 2012?
God: Possible sooner, why?
Jesus: Remember those Mayans?
God: Oh yeah. They were one of my proudest moments. After you of course.
Jesus: Remember that calendar of theirs?
Jesus: It ends on December 21st, 2012.
God: So, it’s a calendar, you just get a new one.
Jesus: No, just hear me out. December 21st, what is that close too?
God: Hmm…oh, Yule and Hanukkah.
Jesus: And my birthday.
God: You’re birthday is in the summer, you just like the being the center of attention.
Jesus: Anyway, think about it. You would get everyone to go through the whole year, waiting for Christmas and then bam! Reality gets canceled. And we would screw the WASPs big time becase it was “heathens” that told them it was going to happen. I see a lot of potential in this.
God: I taught you well, son. I’m so proud of you. December 21st, 2012 it is. Now, what EXACTLY did you do to the Hubbard kid?
Though I could be wrong.
Now, I’m not going to list a whole bunch of resolutions either. If you want to know why, read this post. No, In fact all I’m going to say is that the year is a blank canvas. We all get to color our little section of it. Just do what you want to do or need to do and forget everything else out there. I mean, it may not be the end of the world, but shouldn’t a part of act like it. I think it is that part we call “living.”
It’s a busy time here. My niece and nephew are visiting for the week. In the small moments of quiet, I’ve been looking more at the iPad as a work platform then just a fun entertainment portal. In fact, this post is being written on it.
I’ve also been trying to get back into reading blogs of fellow writers. One I read was talking about trying to come up with a schedule for writing. Between that and also going through old Livejournal entries when I was working on my M.A. It reminded me at how productive I used to be that I just haven’ been able to get back to since the operation. Well that is all going to change…probably. I mean, that is a big prognostication right there and I nowhere in predictive ability as Harold Camping.
I’ll be setting a goal of at least 250 words a day, starting with Nostrildamus. If I keep up with minimum, the rough draft will be done by the end of September. I hope to have it done sooner than that so I can get to you all ASAP. After that I’ll start working on my sci-fi project. I’m also hoping that this will also lead to the reinvigoration of Scattered Tales: Characters and History of Lucin City.
Now I know some are thinking, “But, do you think LASER technology is the future of space fight?” that is a hard one and I would have to get back on you. The rest are wondering why I settled on 250 words. Well, writing is not the only thing. I’ve got Non-Horror Reader Survey and Eldritch Thoughts to work on. So, it’s a balancing act on all projects. I think I’ve come up with a good schedule and will put it to the test next week.
So let’s see if I can get this ball rolling again.
Monday was a good day for me. I logged onto Eldritch Thoughts and saw I hit the 100 follower mark. At the time, I had 102 posts. Take out all the none quote posts out and I have had roughly a new follower for every post since I restarted the project. I’m absolutely amazed! Add to that the people following on the Facebook page and the Twitter account, and there were 193. All I can say is thank you to all of you reading.
The project started as just a way to get my mind back into writing and creating ideas after my transplant. The first version was crazy as I tried to build a storyline under the humor. Bad idea. It quickly got to the point when I was more concerned about mapping out plot points that the humor fizzled. The few that read it then were there for the humor and nothing else. Why mess with a good thing?
After a break, I came back to it. I moved it to Tumblr and kept the twitter and face book accounts open as feeds. I didn’t want to alienate that already enjoyed it. I wanted to give them better content. But I had learned something from my blog here. It is also something that I have been lacking the last few months.
Back before the transplant, I did my best to have two posts a week. Tuesdays and Fridays new there was going to be something here for them. After I started doing that, I saw the hits climb to my best so far. When I decided to re-start Eldritch Thoughts, I wanted to see if could make it “Appointment Blogging,” for lack of a better term. One post a day, at a time during the day when I thought most people I know would catch it. So I set a schedule and I stuck to it. Since then, people keep finding it and many of the re-blogs, re-tweets, and likes are around the time it posts. Is it working? I can’t say except anecdotally.
I’m at a point now, though, where I’m thinking of the future of Eldritch Thoughts. When I started it, I had the thought of creating small humor books a lot like the Deep Thoughts books that inspired the project. Technically, I could compile what I’ve done so far and have enough for a similar book. Of course I wouldn’t do that. I’d add new stuff that no ones seen as well. Anyways, I really thought if I did, I would have to do it myself. I can’t think of a publisher that would do a humorous horror coffee-table book. Unfortunately, I can’t find a service that does the small books. So I have a feeling, I’m going to have to start looking for an actual publisher to print this book. It may be a while until the book comes, but it is next big goal for Eldritch Thoughts.
And again, thank you to all that have been reading. You all keep me going to give you more of what you love.
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From this point on, all origin stories for main characters will be posted here first. At a later date I will get them into ebook formats, but every time I have a new idea that a novel or series will be based on, you will always be able to come here for their origin.
There are a few reasons that I’m doing this:
- I’ve always been a guy that hates coming into a series mid-way. Books, TV, even comics in many cases. I don’t like knowing the start point of a character, because when I jump into a series I know the characters have gone through changes and I may not like them because I don’t have the context built in previous books.
- If you look at comics, they have done something similar. Everyone knows the origins of Superman, Batman, Spider-man, X-Men, and so on. Because of that people feel more comfortable picking up a random issue. One of the things that writers always worry about is getting new readers every time they write a book. And people buy what they know.
By keeping them here, and latter as ebooks, I can give the reader a glimpse of everything they will get with one of my books with that character, but they also get the satisfaction of complete story as well. It’s really know different that sample chapters. But in this way you have a better chance of hooking a reader into reading either the first book or the most current one.
My goal for them is to be short stories to short serials. The first one to Come at you will be the origin of Nostrildamus, after wards will be a sci-fi idea of mine. I’ll keep you updated when to expect them here.