(That book in the picture is not my novel, just so you know, but I am in it)
I seem to be getting very close to having my novel published and available electronically or in actual book form. As soon as I get my first dollar for a sale, I will be able to call myself a professional author.
There are two other books that have small parts that I wrote included in them. This is due to my good friend H. E. Ellis, an accomplished writer who does projects with other bloggers. Please check out her work at http://heellisgoa.com/ All of the proceeds from her work go to cancer charities, but she has written a lot of really cool things. I was honored to participate in two projects she started. One was a very adult series of interviews with characters who were involved with Santa Clause and thereby ended up getting sucked into a string of unfortunate legal problems that have been dogging old Saint Nick. I got to play the part of Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer. If this sounds like fun to you, by all means order a copy of;
on her blog, or through Amazon, or however all that works. I am still a computer moron, so don’t bother asking me. Before long her series of reworked, adult versions… no, I don’t mean pornographic, but they are salty… fairy tales will also be available, so keep an eye out for that as well. I did the short story about the Three Little Pigs, who are now a heavy metal band in an alternate universe where pigs are in charge. And it does not end well. But this means that I am an actual published author now. Not a professional one yet, but just give me time. H. E. Ellis also gave me some very valuable help about how to publish my novel, so thanks again, pal.
Also, that band that I am in with my brother Henry now has a set list of almost 50 songs, including original songs by me and my brother… (oh, you didn’t know I write songs? You didn’t see the button at the top up there that says ‘my songs’???)… so we will be playing bar gigs soon. We still haven’t even settled on a name for the band yet, but that is because there were too many good ones to choose from. But whatever, it should be just a matter of time before I am a professional musician too.
Not bad for a guy who is all art-side-of-the-brain and can’t market himself or do any real life stuff at all.
And I had a Twitter conversation with Eric Idle.
And my blog has over 500 of the best followers any cult… uh… I mean blogger… could ever want.
And that idea that Jason, my daughter’s boyfriend, and I are working on for a blog where I write stories to go with the cool 3-D high-tech military hardware pictures he does is well under way. Think combat/sci-fi/supernatural overtones and awesome rendered images.
I got my sweet new… used… guitar that I showed you a picture of not too long ago. I may order a box of printed copies of my novel, go to downtown San Diego in my spare time, and play the guitar on a street corner, and when people stop to listen and shower me with gold coins, I will say, “Hey, if you like the songs I write, you should buy a copy of my hilarious Sci-fi novel.
And if I can get one magazine idea published in the magazine owned and printed by the teacher of that writing workshop class I just took… you know, she is the one who, after I read a chapter of my novel out loud in class, she said, “You are kind of crazy, aren’t you?”, and I decided to use that quote on the back of my novel… then she said she would give me actual press credentials. If I get those, I can cross police lines and show up at the scenes of emergencies, disasters, and other fun things like that. How cool is that going to be?
So I don’t know what is happening to my life, but I am sort of enjoying the ride.