The Update – October 2018

The Update – October 2018

 It has been yet another month. Time is slipping by faster and faster as I get older. It seems like, as the months pass, minutes and hours are robbed from my life leaving me with only the scraps to try and fill with the multitude of tasks I want to accomplish.

This past month has not been the most prodigious for me, at least not for my writing. I did make a little progress on a short story I’m working on, but nothing else. I need to get the first draft of that story wrapped up so I can start prepping for NaNoWriMo. It is only a month away, I want to come to it more prepared than I did last time.

Last year I went in expecting to attempt a handful of short stories with only a few notes on each going in. I ended up using one of them and turning it into a whole novel, and, because I was unprepared to do so, the end result was a draft I don’t think I’ll ever use. This time I will just do a novel and go in with my characters and setting fleshed out as well as have a rough outline started. I really want to have something I can use by the end of November.

That being said, I’d love it if I had to the time this month to take on a couple other tasks as well. I have a handful of  short stories with feedback that are ready for my next draft. I keep putting them off because of other ideas and projects that come up. Hopefully I’ll have some time this month to work on one of them.

I also want to spend some time thinking on how to resurrect my Patreon page, now that I have a smattering of content I can share. I’m still doing research on what to do there. So far I’m thinking about having three tiers. There would be a $1 support tier with no real perks other than the fuzzy happy feeling of supporting art. There will be a story tier where you will get a 1000 word or so story every month, and a slightly higher one where I may offer audio readings of my stories.

I’m also playing around with ideas about some sort of genre web-zine I’d love to lead, but that is not something I can do on my own.

I think that is all I have for this update. If you have any ideas for what sorts of things you’d love to see on my Patreon page, please let me know.


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Hard Lessons

Well, I just learned a very hard lesson. All of this time I’ve never bothered to make a backup of my site before installing updates. And, finally, it happened. Something broke during an update. Luckily, I have my site set up to backup automatically once month. So, I didn’t lose everything. But I did lose over 2 weeks of posts.

So, over the next few weeks I will be rewriting some of those, now gone, posts.

I think I’ve learned my lesson though. From now on, I will always make a fresh backup before installing anything.



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New Website!

Hello Internet!

It has been a long time since I’ve posted anything to my website. (By this point it seems like an internet cliche, but it’s true.) But recently the itch to create and put out content has been growing, and that, along with a major address change has spurred me to action.

So, first big news is that I’ve moved back to the Pacific North West! My wife, son, and I really missed the weather up here. My wife loves the beaches, I love all of the beautiful landscape and hikes. The 20 degree temperature difference between here and back in Oklahoma is very nice as well.

The other news is I’m going to start posting on here weekly.

To shake things up a bit I’ve done a complete overhaul to my website and I’ve combined my photography website (JoeThePhotographyGuy.com) and my writing/blog site into one true source of total awesomeness.

My first regular series is going to be the Pacific North West photo of the Week. Each week on Monday I will post a favorite image of my new surroundings for you to enjoy.

I’m also planning on the occasional other photo posts, photography tutorials, and other random collections of my thoughts. (I welcome suggestions if there is any specific content you’d like to see.)

This is not just going to be a home for my photography though. This will also be the home for updates in my adventures in writing. I’m still working out what sort of content I will be posting along those lines. I will keep you updated.

I have one more big bit of news that I will share with you next time, so be sure to stay tuned…

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