duskpeterson: An apprentice builds a boat as a man looks on. (Default)
"It used to be that I would clean the oven to avoid writing because traditional publishing was total bleakness interrupted by 10 minutes of happiness when your agent called to say she had sold your book. There followed a year of silence while the book was 'produced.' Publication was brief. The salesmen (you heard right) decided the print run and if it was in the low five digits, the book was DOA. Two years of your life had been eaten up. The Prozac months followed.

"Now I write avidly because I can publish what I write. Once written and edited, I can publish a book in a matter of minutes and sell it 24/7. I have satisfied my two passions: writing and commerce."

--Consuelo Saah Baehr, as qouted in David Gaughran's Let's Get Digital.

What I wrote this month, and what story is coming next )
Waterman research trip to Calvert County in Southern Maryland (illustrated) )
Counselling )
10:10 challenge: Reducing my carbon emissions by 10% )
Dusk's recipe for Vegan Chocolate Pudding )
Health )
duskpeterson: An apprentice builds a boat as a man looks on. (Default)
"If shopping at your local Borders is part of your weekly routine, and then Borders is gone, you may end up doing something other than buying books."

--Michael Norris, concerning the impact of the closure of the Borders bookstore chain on the publishing industry.

How I reply to comments at this blog.

Continuing to plunge into publishing )
Done. )
The Three Lands and editing )
Work and weather )
The heat index was 119 degrees in my town today )
Weather reports )
A lesson in leatherboy-speak )
Reviews and recommendations of fiction and nonfiction narratives )
Other links )
duskpeterson: (summer night shells)
"I figured out early on that writing is about failure. Almost 100 percent guaranteed failure. You'll never write it as well as you want, you will always fall short of perfection, a typo will always slip in, rejection is more certain than death and taxes, and, if you are lucky enough to get published, a horde is waiting to happily rake you over the coals. After a while, you build up great layers of scar tissue. At this point, I don't care what anyone thinks except my readers, who are my only customers. And, in a way, they are among my closest, most intimate friends. So why should I care if some scared writer [who condemns self-publishing] tries to apply a stigma? If you're a writer, you should be scared, but if you go around worrying about other writers, you have your eyes on the wrong prize.

"Listen to readers. They rarely apply stigma. The only labels they care about are 'good' and 'crap.'"

--Scott Nicholson.

How I reply to comments at this blog.

Dear writer who wishes me to read their book/e-book )
What writing I'm working on, now and in the coming months )
In the I'm-so-proud-of-my-boy department . . . )
Muse Marathon )
My Muse and my mental health )
About the Doctor Who episode, 'A Good Man Goes to War' )
Reply to comments )
duskpeterson: An apprentice builds a boat as a man looks on. (Default)
"Basically, it has to be clean enough that the cable repair guy doesn't need to worry about updating his tetanus shot."

--My apprentice, describing a couple of years ago how much housecleaning he needed to do before a repairman's visit.

How I reply to comments at this blog.

What I did today )
duskpeterson: An apprentice builds a boat as a man looks on. (leather)
A due warning to all you folks who find discussions of real-life leather to be squicky: You'll want to skip this entry.

Leather Seminar #1: Basics of Resistance Management )

May 2017



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