Ah the grand declarations that I would post more content on this site at the start of the year. To be fair, I have been posting content. Just not here.
Over the years I have toyed with the idea of closing down the site, purely because finding the time to write content on it can be very hard. Such is life. You work. You parent. You family. You sleep. Rinse and repeat. But as a famous writer once said "If you want to be a writer, you just write every day."
Which, I'm happy to say, I have been doing. But as I pointed out at the start just not here. I am going to try and make a concerted effort to change that now, though.
See I started writing more on the podcast blog, funny articles to help drive traffic that way. Then I got hooked on reading Medium articles and started to write content there as well. Both acts resulting in me neglecting the little spot of the Internet I had carved out many years before. The Void into which is shout my wisdom...for no real reason other than to put key to board.
Man, 'Pen to paper' just really doesn't translate into the modern day. Does it?
What I have been doing, however, in terms of writing activities that don't include working on the book is promoting things.
See, as an indie author I have to do all the promoting of my work myself. I don't have an army behind me at all. But that's okay, if you actually bother to put the graft in for that stuff. Which I haven't been for the last few years.
This was, however, because of a theory I was working on. In the Age of Kindle, were anyone can put up a novel or book, I wanted to show that I wasn't just doing this as a once off bucket list item. I wanted people to see that I was in this for the long slog. Having written five books now (four of which are available) and started work on the sixth I figured this was the right time to show that I am serious.
One book - anyone can do.
Two books - just trying to show you can do it more than once.
Three books - okay, maybe you are serious now.
Five books - time to start promoting things you idiot they aren't going to promote themselves.
To which, I have now started a second Twitter account: dcpower_author. The idea behind this account is that it will be purely for writing. I'm going to engage more with fellow writers and promote the books more on it. My old jester account will still continue, because I need somewhere to post silly crap as well.
But, like all my good ideas, I just need to actually stay the course with it.
That, in itself, is the hard part.
Now I have to formulate a promotion strategy. Sure how hard can that be?
Today the little man turned two. The big 2. Officially entertaining that wonderful phase of life that all the parenting books and blogs refer to as the terrible twos.
That, for a start, is bullshit. Kids will and can have 'terrible' any age, the twos are just the first point in their lives that they can talk back to you is the thing. They will have developed their likes, dislikes and quirks. It is all just the natural evolution of things.
But this isn't a piece about how kids are different - this is about my little boy growing up.
You can already see it in him. The baby is still there, of that there is no doubt, but the toddler is forming. He has developed a little jester streak in him already. The other day he jumped off the sofa and started running back and forth between the walls of the living room. Right before he would have crashed into the wall he stopped himself, did a little comic 'wwwooooaah' and fell to the ground. All to get a laugh out of us.
He did this for twenty minutes.
It was hilarious.
He has formed attachments to things now. Loving football is one that has been around for a while, but he really liked one of his presents. A little blue train that turns into a robot. Loves it so much, in fact, that he insisted it go to bed with him.
Gone is the Iron-man teddy, in is the robot train.
Kids, so fickle.
As usual his mummy went above and beyond with the little family party we had to mark the day. Food and a Gecko cake (from PJ Masks, before anyone starts wondering about the lizard) along with all the fun of kids running around hopped up on sugar.
Happy birthday little man. Keep making the world laugh like you do, because your laugh is infectious and the world needs more of that.
No I am not after losing my mind, nor have I put the Christmas tree up again to try and reclaim some of the magic lost since the Holiday season ended. Rather, "Nearly Christmas" is the working title of my fifth Filthy Henry novel.
Although, secretly, I am thinking of making it the actual title.
See, the next book is going to be based around Halloween.
All the old Celtic legends based around that time of year involve stuff happening between the world of the Living and the Dead. They are great stories when you read them, all about spirits doing mischievous things and humans falling foul of their tricks. As such I decided to write the next book around October and draw from some of the old stories.
But I wanted to also use the book to take a few pops at how Halloween doesn't even get to happen anymore in its own right. Places have Christmas decorations up right beside the Halloween stuff. Some shops have even started to put up Easter Eggs before Christmas even happens.
The world is moving too fast for no reason at all. So in the book I will take a few digs at this sorta stuff. But, because of that, I think calling it "Nearly Christmas" makes perfect sense.
If nothing else it will be a book that can be bought in either season.
In other writing news I have started looking around for a sci-fi agent. The ladyfriend is adamant that I see if a non-Filthy Henry novel will be picked up by a publisher. Which means, of course, a slight delay in getting it out there for folk to read. But sure what's life without a little adventure and risk, right?
Short post today...but at least I remembered to post something