Fan Contribution

I have ideas for this blog. There are lots of things I would like to write about. I’m also working on more publishing opportunities and the promotion of my first novel. I also have a full time job and a family.

Compared to many people that visit my blog, I have it easy. I have free time and you might have just the 30 seconds on the porcelain throne.

To the benefit of all, I would love to hear what you would like to see on this blog. 

Let me know and I will make it so…(most likely)

Can I have your autograph?

Sure.

It’s an amazing feeling to have someone want your autograph for a work of fiction. Now that I’ve gotten to autograph a few copies, I hope that I become successful enough that I continue to be asked to sign my work(s). If I ever become jaded enough to hate this part of the writer/reader relationship, I hope all of my inspiration dries up and I end up writing standardized test questions for some demonic school board.

For a long time, I have been in awe of comic book creators. Although Comic con in San Diego has recently become a Hollywood weekend destination, comic book conventions have a long history of existence. In stuffy hotel conference rooms or at convention centers, writers and artists meet their fans. The fans get to meet the face behind their beloved characters. They share their favorite moments, their ire and even commission personal pieces of art.

I’ve been to author readings and Q&A sessions and while enjoyable, what I’ve seen at the comic conventions blows me away. The professionals sit and stand in awe of each other. They give each other pieces of original art or other gifts because they respect their work. They are overjoyed when a fan comes dressed as their character (I would love to see readers’ interpretations of what Flick or Trollman look like from my own novel). They take pictures and share them with the world. By the end of the day, you (as a fan) realize that getting an autograph is like a time stamp on that glorious moment you spent with someone you respect.

They obviously love what they do and wouldn’t want it any other way.

I know that fiction writers can feel the same way towards their fans. I know that similar events take place for literary creators, but I want to take my cue from the comic book world. Once I’ve written a piece and said “I’m done,” the rest of the tale is created by the reader. It’s theirs now to love and cherish. An autograph is a final bond between author and reader on a job well done. A story is never finished until a reader says so. I will always respect that.

I hope some day I get to meet a million fans and sign just as many books.

Self Publishing my first book

I have written a lot of words over the years. I’m finally really proud of a few of them. Luckily they’re all group together in a story I titled Old Man Flick. I did my best to find an agent and publish it the old fashioned way. There were a few exciting close calls, but nothing has materialized. This is a stepping stone.

After awhile I decided to self-publish Old Man Flick using Createspace.com. My goal is to share this story with as many people as possible, with enjoyment being my only intention. I love stories that make me laugh, cry, think…but in the end I really hope that it was worth the time. I hope people enjoy the story. I’m already close to finishing a second novel and I can’t wait to share that one as well.

Much more on Old Man Flick will be coming soon. For now, please enjoy the book cover that my friend Andrea created for it.