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Self-Publishing – The Story Idea

Self-Publishing is a series of posts that follows my desperate attempts at developing, writing, and eventually self-publishing my own book.  Follow along if you dare, or are just really bored.

In choosing a story to develop into a series I had to find something that I found interesting, but also something that had enough story potential to last for more then one book.  I batted around a lot of different ideas.  From a sci-fi story that I kinda/sorta developed my freshman year of college, to an X-Files-ish series that I always wanted to read when I was younger.  Ultimately I settled on a very basic idea that I actually used to think about every time I tried to fall asleep.

Some people count sheep, some read a book, others simply fall asleep like an adult.  I am unable to do any of those things.  I love to read and typically do right before laying my head down, the problem is that once my head is down on that oh-so-comfy pillow I just kind of lay there.  You see the sleep I am after is similar to that really awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles play set I wanted as a kid.  I would go to the store and see it there, I could even touch it for a brief moment, but there is no way my parents were going to buy it for me.  So, I guess my lack of sleep is due to my parents stinginess/lack of funds?  Sorry, got off track there for a moment.  What I’m trying to say is I have a hard time falling asleep (Never been accused of brevity).

So one of the things I would do to fall asleep is day dream about What-If scenarios.  Basically I would day dream that I was in a particular situation and imagine what I would do.  One of my favorites was an end of the world scenario where I had to attempt to provide for my family and protect them from a world that was in utter chaos.  The reason the world was ending usually varied from zombie apocalypse, complete financial breakdown, etc, etc.  The common thread was doing what needed to be done to survive and protect those I loved.

I ultimately decided the end of the world should be due to the world going dark.  All the electricity and things I take for granted would suddenly disappear.  I am, and was, aware there have been hundreds of stories with this same basic premise so the next step was finding what would set it apart.  So tune in next bat-week at the same bat-channel to find out.



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The Beginning Of My Self-Publishing Journey

If you were to click on a file on my computer labeled “Story Ideas” you would find page after page of – well I’m sure the file name gives it away.  The point is that I have been writing seriously since around 2003 and during that time I have started, stopped, began, ended, created, destroyed many universes and story ideas.  Some of them I have fallen in love with while others I have loathed and took great joy in destroying.

So when I finally decided I was going the self-publishing route I had to decide what I was going to actually self-publish.  Despite a million different story ideas all screaming out to be fully realized I decided to come up with something totally new.  Why you may ask (please humor me and ask)?  Because I decided to write a series.

Why would someone who has never published anything in his life decide to go a route that would require him to publish several things all within a reasonable amount of time?  For several reasons, one of which is that it’s something I have always wanted to do, but the final nail-in-the-coffin reasons is that I wanted/hoped to create a fan base of people who intimately cared for a group of characters I created and looked forward to their future adventures.

So what story idea did I concoct to turn into a series?  Well for that you will have to wait for my next post.  And not because I am trying to tease you or anything as interesting as that, you see the more time I spend writing blogs is less time I spend writing the actual series.  But if you would like to believe I am playing coy, and find that more interesting for that matter, then please continue to think of me as a teaser of things you don’t know anything about let alone have enough information to determine if you are even vaguely interested in.

Back to the grind and until next time!



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Never Really Left

I know there are a few people here who used to be crazy enough to stop by my blog back when I used to post.  To those mentally questionable individuals I say thank you and good to see you again!

Yes I am still in the land of the living!  What have I been doing, some of you might ask?  Taking care of a 2 year old.  Those of you needing further explanation obviously don’t have kids.  Those of you who understand completely know the joys and horrors that have I have faced during that time.

Those crazy few that have followed me and are still inhabiting the world of WordPress might remember I had a goal of publishing my own book, while the last 2 years of been a whirlwind of craziness I can say that goal has not been met yet, but considerable progress has been made on that front!

During my absence I have been busy writing and am on the cusp of releasing a series of books!  My plan is to post on my progress as a means of accountability, motivation, and I’ll admit hopefully a little bit of marketing will come of the process as well.

So to my old friends it is good to see you again & I’ll be swinging by your blogs shortly.  And for those new folks nice to meet you and hopefully you’ll follow me along this painful and exciting process!





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