Speaking of friends, I had a little epiphany recently. I think it was a combination of celebrating eight years of blogging and going through yet another publishing heartbreak that made me stop and think. Stop and think really hard about many of YOU out there.
I've had the pleasure of only meeting two blog friends in the last eight years. Just two. Despite that, I consider many of you true friends. Throughout this tough road, you all have offered your support, encouraging words, and even reached out to help me. There's just not enough words in existence for me to describe how thankful I am.
When I first started blogging, there was a high degree of anonymity on here. But these days, it's easier to really connect to all of you in blogland. I feel like we're all kindred spirits, and I'm a lucky guy to be a part of such an incredible blogging community. Thank you for everything!
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I was tagged by Mary Pax to answer a few questions. So here I go:
What are you working on right now? I'm working on a bazillion things right now. Going indie is expensive, so I was picking up aluminum cans to save up enough money to pay for all the stuff I'm going to need to do this right. As far as writing goes, I'm editing the second book in my Asian-inspired steampunk series, The Mechanica Wars. This 110,000 word novel is titled Shadow Warrior, and I'm on the hunt for beta readers.
What experiences have influenced you? That's easy. My teachers. I was so fortunate to have wonderful teachers that have inspired me, taught me, and encouraged my artistic expression. I grew up surrounded by books, and my teachers continued to foster my love for reading.
What is the hardest part about writing? Time. It's tough to find time to write. I work a very high profile job that includes travel. I have kids, and they're pretty demanding too. So it's a challenge to make the time to do this.
What would you like to try as a writer that you haven't yet? You know, I'd like to write a sex scene from a male's point of view. No offense, but I've read lots of love/sex scenes written by female authors who attempt to write them from the guy's perspective. Not even close, ladies. Maybe it's because if done accurately, the scene would consist of five words. Six tops.