Catching Up

22 06 2012

I’m afraid I’ve been terrible at updating this blog, but when I’m not working at my job–keeping the winter-over community of McMurdo Station fed–I’m busy learning how to market my historical novel Plaguewalker, jumping into the coldest water on earth and ogling tins of preserved rhubarb meant for one Robert Falcon Scott.

It’s all been very exciting but doesn’t exactly allow for much blog time.

I hope to update my links page soon, and also to tinker with this site’s design. But my biggest project the next few months, in addition to spreading the word about Plaguewalker (hey, all five star reviews on Amazon, and no, they’re not all family and friends!), will be doing the final edit on the first of my fantasy novels, The War’s End.

So stay tuned. In the words of David Bowie, “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”

And thanks, as always, for reading.

Self-portrait, 22 June 2012, 2pm local time, McMurdo Station (lights in background)


A Great Introduction to Self-Publishing

15 09 2011

I’ve been a fan of Joel Friedlander’s site for a few months now, ever since I decided to go the self-publishing route for The War’s End. He has just started a video series, Roadmap to Self-Publishing, that I think every aspiring author needs to watch.

And you know who else should watch it? Don’t take this the wrong way, but all the well-meaning family, friends and supporters of aspiring authors need to watch it, too. Why? Because I hear so many times, in the nicest way, “Oh, you should just do it, you can get your book on Kindle in less than a minute!” I know folks mean well, but as Joel puts it in his introduction to the series, a seemingly minor decision you make early on can make or break your book’s chances for success, or even the possibility of someone finding your book online. There are lots of things to consider.

So for now, I’m considering. I know I haven’t been updating this blog as often as I planned, but I’ve been focused on my other blog and also dealing with polar madness. It’s not PC to call it that anymore–now we’re supposed to say “T3 Syndrome.” But doesn’t polar madness sound so much more romantic? What it means in terms of The War’s End is that I can’t edit the final draft when I have incredible difficulty concentrating and frequently confuse homonyms (if I type “Hear it is” or “I here you” one more time in an email I may have to stop considering myself a writer!).

Hopefully, with the sun returning to Antarctica and my time on the Ice down to 24 days and counting, I will soon regain my command, such as it is, of the English language, and get back to the final edit. Until then, thanks for reading.