Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Weird Turn Pro

H.S.T., an early hero of mine.
A few months ago I was catching up with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while and he recalled seeing my byline at popmatters.com. (I think he read this book review.)

He said the writing was really good, and I was happy to hear it, but something in the way he said it bothered me. It was like he was surprised! So instead of just being glad that someone, anyone, had read and remembered something I worked hard on, I shipwrecked on the fact that my byline didn't automatically translate to "Excellent piece! Read now!"

I wallowed around in it for a while, blaming my lack of recognition on the fates who ceaselessly scheme to ruin me, but in the end I realized it was my own fault. I’ve published hundreds of stories, won journalism awards, appeared in lit journals and recently completed a novel. But my efforts to promote myself have been halfhearted and lame.

That changes today. I’ve got a lot of published work out there but it’s scattered to the winds and floating around on the web. My goal for this blog is to gather those stories and corral them in one place so when people ask me what kind of stuff I write, I can point them here and let them figure it out for themselves. 

I also hope to connect with other writers, develop my publishing platform and tell the world about my latest projects.

So there it is--my mission statement. Thanks for reading, and please, please, please share your thoughts and reactions to my work. Just don’t act so surprised if you see something you like!

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