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Feb 04 2015

Thing a Month

I have some stories I’m not sure what to do with. I never had much response to self-publishing, because I haven’t got the temperament to promote my stuff enough to rise above the noise. Now that I’ve started getting stories published by other people, that feels like making it to the next level, where that’s what I should be doing with all my stories now.

The way I think it’s “supposed” to work is that I sell some stories to smaller publications while also sending things out to larger ones. Once I get more stories published, I build my resume of credits to include when contacting the bigger guys. If they then post my stuff, it would open doors to even bigger publications, and so on.

But one of the things I love about writing is that I don’t need anyone’s permission. I can just sit down and make something. Now that I’ve “broken in” a little bit, why do I suddenly need permission to show anything I wrote?

I’ve had the dream for years of seeing something I wrote for sale in Borderlands, a bookstore here in the Mission. That would be a huge benchmark in my life. Well, it came out the other day that they’re closing next month, so that’s never going to happen.

At the same time, I have things I wrote which nobody seems to want, like a story deconstructing the world of James Bond movies, too silly to be an adventure story, too sad to be a comedy. I can’t seem to find the publication for that, but I want the story to have a home, to have an audience, even if that doesn’t impress any publishers.

I don’t post in this space much. I work on so many projects with nothing good to show here, and rewriting stories to try and fit what I think a new market will want takes time away from making more stuff, like my next game.

I have to do something with what I make. I used to post here at least once a month, so I’ll make that a new goal. I’m going to publish a new work here every month, starting with that James Bond story.

Doing something once a month leaves time to work on other things, to try and fail at more stuff, but nobody tells me what can or can’t go up here but me.

I’m not sure what I’ll post next month, maybe a new game, or another story waiting for its moment.