Flash Post:Reading

Something that I need to improve on is reading. I’ve not read anywhere near as much in the past couple of years as I should have done.

I’m naturally a slow reader and someone who is easily distracted, but that shouldn’t stop me getting me head down and getting stuck in a bit better.

I’ve got some pretty awesome indie and smaller press writers in my Kindle library and I really want to get some more of their work read, but I also want to work through some of the classics and more bigger press writers. I’m tempted to read one indie/smaller press book and then one classic/bigger press book, and see how that works out. One thing I think I will do is have two or three books lined up so that when I’ve finished the one I’m reading I’m not going to spend three days decided what to read next.

I’ve also got an Audible subscription and that’s been great this last year, and will be for this coming year. 

Breaking From The So-Called *Elite*

I was listening to a podcast yesterday and they were playing a recording of a convention, a horror one.  This was first posted a while ago (I’m playing catch up) and this one writer basically said (I can’t remember his exact words) that self published writers had not been Chosen to be published.  Now I got the distinct feeling that this guy had a real problem with all indie authors who had put their own work out.  I think he was getting at the fact that an editor had not chosen to publish their work.  My immediate reaction was that the reader made that decision (Someone in the audience did say that) That us exactly how I feel about self-pub.  When I get things up on Kindle or iBooks etc.  I will be judged by the people who read my work, if they like it they will say nice things about it (hopefully) and then tell all their friends about it.  I do full intend to submit short stories to the various magazines but for my longer fiction I want to publish it myself.  I know I’m not going to sell thousands and thousands of my work, but I judge the reader to decide whether it’s any good.

It’s not like the old days where it was all but impossible to our work out into the world.  We live in a time where if someone has a story in them, they can get it to the readers.  If its crap, it will disappear into the internet and never be seen again, but if its okay then people will give it a try.  If it’s more than okay then lots of people will give it a try, and if it’s amazingly great.  The publishers will find it and throw money at the person who wrote it.

It doesnt matter who wrote it, or how it gets to the reader, as long as it gets to the reader.  That is all that matters.

A Little Announcement

The only things that I have not been able to do is read through some of Project Delphi and watch Prometheus, but those I’ll catch up on tomorrow. I’m going to try and knock Delphi out tomorrow and then call Owen to discuss his notes and the few additional changes that I’ve made.

That is obviously not my little announcement, this is. From now on Project Delphi will no longer be called Project Delphi, it will be called The Space Watch. A Tale from The Planetary Assembly by Owen M.G. Arnold and Peter Germany.

There you go, the title of the first story that me, and Owen will be putting up on Amazon for the Kindle. Watch this space for updates

A Little Post To End The Day

Tonight has surprisingly been busy. I had a long phone call which was essential and looks like its had a good outcome. I read through a sample of a novel someone I know is writing, which I thoroughly enjoyed and it was good because it was something different from my normal evenings (must start reading before bed again) Owen got back to me on Project Delphi, aside from one detail he is very happy with it 😀 I have spent too much time looking for old drafts and snippets of writing that relate to this years NaNo project, I really need an assistant! I did come up with an advertising idea for a Delphi related project but that’s a little way off yet. We still haven’t got artwork for Delphi yet. If worse comes to the worse ill have to see if Amazon have some sort of artwork generator for self-published kindle stuff. If not we may be a little screwed.
Now seeing as I’ve missed tonight’s Red Dwarf I’m off to bed. Tomorrow is a new day and I have work to think of.