Oh well

Well, that was a bust.

The other day I announced my serialized novel and today I’m… taking it down. Not enough takers. It has only been a few days but I can see by the traffic and other clues it wasn’t going to happen. So back to the drawing board. I’m going to work on it some more and maybe do something more traditional later this year. Onward and upward.

Thanks to the people who were interested though! (Both of you.)

I guess that’s why I called this “an experiment.” If it wasn’t, it would be called “a sure thing.”

God help me I’m starting a newsletter

I’ve been seeing a lot of “blogging is back” and “newsletters are back” stories recently. And I’d just like to say … some of us never left.

I’ve been doing this blog since 1996. I never quit blogging, I never moved everything over to social media (I see so many writers giving up their sites and just posting on Twitter and Facebook all day and it’s…disheartening), I never changed the site to a static, never-updated landing page, and I never “pivoted to video.”

I’ve always been a fan of newsletters though. I published a print newsletter in the ’90’s and I wrote/edited several email newsletters when I worked at AOL and Tripod.com. I even still snail mail handwritten letters, which are different from email newsletters of course but also old school.

Anyway, I’m starting a newsletter. I don’t want to tell you what it’s about but I think it’s a neat twist on the usual newsletter format. I guess ultimately you’ll be the judge. But I do know it won’t be free. Sorry! Daddy needs a new pair of shoes. It won’t be expensive though (and this site itself will always be free).

Details coming soon. Right now I have to make sure I have enough rock salt for the snow that’s coming today.

A quote

“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”

E.B. White