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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

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Tonight is my first ever parent-teacher conference. Our three year-old is starting preschool in less than one week and my wife and I are meeting with her teacher to go over the basic get-to know-you questions–”How long have you taught preschool? What is that cage for? Have you ever set a student on…

To Podcast or not to Podcast?

Friday, August 20th, 2010

This is my first post after a long, unannounced hiatus. I’m stating that more for myself than for you, the reader. It’s my way of telling myself that it’s okay to feel rusty. It’s pretty typical to see blogs come, go, and come back again. It’s the nature of the beast. Many of this blog’s readers have come by way of my other creative pursuits–music, writing, podcasting–so many of you know I’ve been busy recording a record with my new band, working on edits for my soon-to-be-published second book, writing a follow-up to said book, working on short fiction new and old, and podcasting a flash fiction series, and voice-acting in an upcoming sci-fi audio drama.

And of course, gaping as my two little girls grow exponentially faster with each passing day.

I’ve scaled my web/new media presence back so I could figure out a thing or two. Nearly four years into the internet broadcasting journey, I came to a place where it seemed appropriate to ask, “what am I getting out of this?” What am I getting out of creating content, fiction and non-fiction, and putting it out there on the internet, freely available to anyone with eyes, ears, and connectivity.

Being a father (and husband) is tremendously rewarding and takes most of my time and almost all of my energy. There is nothing more satisfying in my life than raising these pups. But, my alone time–my creative time–is something I need to survive. I’m a wreck if I don’t nurture that part of my soul. I need to write and I need to make music, I can’t do one and not the other.

So let’s get back to the “what am I getting out of this question?”

When I asked myself that question several months back–the answer was:

Nothing.

The bastards were getting me down, to be perfectly honest. I was having difficulty finding traction in moving my writing career forward. I found it hard not to dwell on the negative reviews of my growing body of fiction and began to focus my energy on the naysayers, trying to figure out how I could please the people that just didn’t get it or just plain didn’t dig what I was doing. Yes, ladies and gentlemen. That is as ridiculous as it sounds. I think the term that describes this mindset is called “self-defeating.”

I didn’t want to give up, but I didn’t want to move forward doing things on the same path.

So, I asked myself another question:

“Why do I write?”

The answer:
I love the power of words and I love to tell stories.

When I considered that statement, everything else started to fall into place. Soon, I was again able to appreciate what a lucky bastard I am. I have a loyal following that is always excited to see new work and who patiently stick around when I’m in between projects. This loyal following is why I will continue to put fiction out there for free. Yeah, it takes time to broadcast fiction to the ‘net, but being able to share these stories makes it worth it. In the end, it’s not about numbers people. I’m not concerned if I have 69,000 twitter followers and 12,600 Facebook friends, in fact, I stopped paying attention to those numbers a long time ago. I’m a story teller and I want eyes and ears and I have eyes and ears–more every day (which blows me away).

Are you still considering podcasting your fiction?

I say go for it. You’ve got nothing to lose and plenty to gain.

Bonus: Frederic’s Little Secret

Friday, August 6th, 2010

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