A Few Last Words for Everything and Nothing

Spoken word / Prose / Poetry

About the stupid ways we let the good things die.

A Few Last Words for Everything and Nothing

A Few Last Words


Colors in a Tin

New short fiction, inspired by these lovely people: http://busymockingbird.com/

 

Colors in a Tin

Colors in a Tin


Rain on Rust

New prose/poem/story, about a dog.

The prompt was to write an event, using three vignettes: prose, free verse, and rhyme.

Rain on Rust.


Newest Micro Fiction

Bland.

Bland, Short Fiction


What if: Reckless Book Marketing

flying-carpet

Book marketing can be thrilling.

What if you wrote a novel as a blog, for the whole world to read free of charge, chapter by chapter?

What if it became popular enough to attract sponsors, or to deal out the sequels as hardbound books?

What if it was completely ignored?

What if it meant you could never see it in print on a library shelf, ever?

Might be a really dumb book marketing idea if you’re looking to capitalize right away, but it sounds like fun as a breakthrough author marketing platform. In the 1800′s, serial novels were popular features in magazines and newspapers, with a huge following, distinct from the crowd who bought novels from bookstores.

Why aren’t more authors, especially unknown authors, pursuing this option in the Internet age?

Update: Check out this article on serial fiction, and how it’s changing the publishing world. It doesn’t address the idea of giving away a good story free of charge, but it does spell out the commercial prospects if you work with a digital publisher.


The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home. A little prose instead of poetry today.


Freelance Writer: Know Thyself

Month Four on the murky seas of Words for Money.

I have drifted for days. The skies are gray, but hold no rain, barrels running low. If I have to eat another moldy cracker I may assassinate a seagull.

Yes, the money is getting better. Yes, the jobs are rolling in. But by all that is black and white, I must have a challenge.

I’m learning that, as a freelancer, it isn’t enough to set your standards high and work hard. You have to know yourself:  your strengths, your peeves, your failings. That way you can choose the projects and clients that keep you working happy, and working well.

These are a few things I’ve learned in my short career:

My interest has a limit. And when my interest is spent, writing becomes work, in the most menial sense of the word. You do not want my writing to sound like work, so I will hack and claw and thump at it until it sounds the way it should. But that level of quality comes at a severe cost to my time and sanity. On the other hand…

Challenging projects are interesting projects. When a job requires a ridiculous level of creativity and spunk and precision, I am THERE. You cannot stop me from breaking my head happily against that project until you and I are both thrilled with the results. Once it becomes formulaic and predictable, I am faithfully filling the blanks until the project ends, and then I’m gone.

My favorite part of freelancing is the ever-evolving project list. It takes all kinds to keep me going. I need the steady, big industry neutrals to prepare me for the super nimble startups and their wide array of colors and goals and choices. I need the freedom to flirt with irreverent ad copy when I’m a little too done with those by-the-book web articles. And I need room to course correct, to realize maybe this type of piece is not the best for me, but that one makes me completely school girl giddy.

As a freelance writer, I can move on to the next step with a little more wisdom about what I can handle, and a little more confidence in saying, “Yes, I can write that for you. I would love it.”


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