I am in some doubt that this post will be seen by every single author who asked me to review one or more of their books, but hopefully it will reach some of you.
Life has thrown me some wicked twists and turns in the last few months. Though I have backed off of talking so much about my personal life here, perhaps later in the year I may feel like it’s worth bringing into the open, if I think there is a positive gain to be had. Point being, some circumstances ranging from absurd to hurtful have distracted me from adding extra features to this site, as well as taken away from my reading time. My writing time still gets priority over reading as well; I don’t know if that makes me a bad literary citizen or not, but I get really antsy and generally more unhappy if I go too long without writing, even if that means my TBR list only piles up further.
Starting this coming week, however, I will be back in the swing of things and will have a fresh indie book review on the site. When that is done I will be looking at how to restructure my schedule so I can fit in reading more of the review requests I was sent. If you sent one in and I responded to you, I WILL read your work and let you know if I can go ahead with a post featuring your book. The turnaround time has been considerably longer than planned when I first opened up the site to solicited reviews, but few plans survive first contact with reality, at least, the reality that is my life. When I am sufficiently caught up, I will update the Review Policy page to let you all know when I am open to new requests.
In the meantime you stay classy, internet.
Though my general level of activity on the internet sometimes suggests otherwise. (more…)
Behold, at last, the aforementioned and long overdue 4th edition cover for After Terra: Year 200. My thanks once more go out to Jon Hrubresch for his work on this piece of art. It’s the kind of cover that this book should have had all along, especially in keeping with the general style and vibe of the covers for In the Baron’s Shadow and Lunacy.
Now that this update is complete (and should go live on Amazon within the next 48-72 hours), the next focus for me will be on adding more codices to the site, putting the finishing touches on my next two Youtube videos, and completing more reviews of some interesting indie works that have been sent my way.
It has been a while since I have updated the blog here on afterterra.com, due to fault strictly of my own.
There are not going to be any drastic overhauls to the site like the last update, however, there will be a refinement to the sort of content that appears on the blog henceforth. I will still be posting about my books, about writing in general, as well as reviews and explorations of things and topics that I enjoy, such as Star Trek. Writing about my personal life, on the other hand, will see a decline in frequency. Also some of my older posts that were of a strictly exploratory, personal nature will be consolidated, as in going through them I noticed a lot of redundancy. Basically, I reiterated many of the same points and lessons throughout multiple posts. I also have a few other reasons for putting some old posts on the chopping block; firstly, because while talking about things like breakups or struggling to cope with a job seemed like big deals at the time, experience has taught me that these weren’t the life shaking struggles I though they were (more on that later). More importantly, even though many of my personal posts were written for catharsis, and the hope that they might help someone who was going through a similar situation, I’ve come to realize that letting these past hurdles be immortalized on my site gave them more power and relevance than they deserved.
I’ve come far enough as a fiction writer, I believe, that I can exorcise whatever grief I need to through my creative work, and save blogging about deeply personal matters to subjects that have real gravity to who I am as an author and a person, instead of using the blog as a sort of pressure release diary. It also seemed simple and logical to me to shift the focus of this site more heavily to my creative work and science fiction topics, seeing as it is the official site for my After Terra series.
More content for the After Terra codices and news about my next written works in the pipeline will follow in the future. In the meantime, please pardon my absence and my dust as I do some cleaning up and refining of the site.
My online presence is like Bob’s Burgers. Except without the incredible puns or anything edible. (more…)
Admittedly overdue… (more…)