A Pause in the Action

I don’t do much self-promotion on this website, apart from having the covers of my books along the side, and having an available books page where you can go if you are interested.  I offer a lot of content free for your reading pleasure, much of which does also appear in my published volumes.  But I think it proper to pause in my regular posts to let you know what’s been happening in my world as a writer.

Apart from the time I take job hunting, as I am currently unemployed and royalties from my books do not provide sufficient income to get all the bills paid, I work seven days a week, both mornings and afternoons, on my novels, memoirs, short stories, essays, and so on.  I have been working particularly hard to finish up a few projects by the end of the year, such as my memoir “America Redux: Impressions of the United States After Thirty-Five Years Abroad”, my fantasy short story collection “Fear or Be Feared: Fantasies”, and the sequel to my novella “The One Thousand” called “Team of Seven” (coming digitally within the next few days).  I’ve also been working on various other projects, cleaning up my website, and marketing some of my short stories to magazines and anthologies.

I keep this website for all sorts of reasons.  Promotion of my work is one of them, of course, but not even the main one.  I love having direct access to readers, putting my work out there to anyone on the web who might discover it.  I often publish some of the chapters of upcoming books on my website, as indeed I posted a number of essays from “America Redux”.  And I write book reviews because I love reading books and I want to share my impressions; I’ve always wanted to keep a record of my thoughts on the books I have read, and this gives me an opportunity to do so.

The blog will continue in the coming year with more content.  I’ll get into that next week when I write an appraisal of the year that’s now closing (and what a year it was!) and hopes, projections, and goals for the coming year.

For now, though, I want to encourage you to help an impoverished writer out (and yourself as well – you get some dynamite reading material) by buying a few of my books.  Writing is all I ever wanted to do with my life, but I don’t only do it for myself; I do it for you, the reader.  Take a chance.  Buy a book.  Or two or three.  They make excellent gifts, if you’re into gift-giving around Christmas time.  They also make excellent content for that e-reader somebody just gave you or you just bought for yourself.

My gift to you is all the content I’ve been providing completely free through my website for the past year.

Merry Christmas.

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