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I’m A Full-Time Writer Again! (And I’m Taking the Blog in a New Direction.)


I’m once again taking (at least) a year off to focus on writing full-time. I’ve been saving money to do so for almost a year, and I plan to apply for another NLAC grant in the spring.

A lot of my newfound time will be devoted to promoting Royal Flush, and also self-publishing a new book next summer or fall. As well, I’m in the late stages of editing my third novel, Taking Stock, which I plan to start submitting to literary agents in January. Lastly, I have three short stories I’m going to submit to literary journals.

It’s a long shot, but just maybe I’ll be able to generate enough income to go on writing full-time indefinitely.

I’m pretty frugal, which makes that possibility a little more possible.

As for the blog, I plan to write a post a week, though I may stray from that schedule from time to time. More importantly, I plan for the posts themselves to be less formal. Up till this point, I’ve been trying to write fairly well-researched short essays, and while that’s certainly worked out for me (see: opportunity to blog for the United Nations Environment Programme at World Environment Day in Rio), I believe I may be able to reach more people if I make the posts  less academic, and inject them with more of my personality. This isn’t to say I have this scintillating personality–I do, incidentally–I simply think subjectivity is a blogging strength I haven’t fully been taking advantage of.

On that note, stay tuned for next week’s blog post, in which I’ll explain why taking cold showers is central to my environmentalism.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. 10/05/2012 9:21 PM

    So, have we as a society plunged so far into the electronic ether that you have to EXPLAIN that those rectangular doodads on the table in front of you are books? 8O
    Now, if I can just shake this intestinal bug that’s kicking my butt (literally) and no more of my beloved Hollywood idols die, maybe I can take up some of your load over at my little corner of blogdom. :D

    • 10/09/2012 6:21 PM

      Haha, books are arcane technology now, you know!

      In all serious, though, I was selling them at the Regatta, which is a big fair here centered around boat races, and people were mistaking me for a fortune teller. So I felt it necessary to be extra explicit :)

      Hope you’re feeling better since you left this comment!

      • breakdownmuch permalink
        10/11/2012 12:12 PM

        You’ve got to admit…that crown and scepter would throw anybody off. Who wants to read when there is fortune telling wizadry abound?

  2. Andrea permalink
    10/05/2012 10:47 PM

    I can’t think of anything to say that isn’t terribly inappropriate re: cold showers and environmentalism, and since we don’t know each other well and humour doesn’t always translate well in written form… I’m just going to say good luck! :)

  3. 10/08/2012 2:57 PM

    I started my year off a year ago and still at it. My best wishes to your plan.

  4. 10/13/2012 6:04 PM

    k, now i see that you only write about environmentalism. love it.

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