What’s news for horror writer Paul D. Dail?
I’ve published my short story, Flies on His Mind. Here’s the basic gist:
It is a loathing that is fueled by childhood fears, including among other things a recurring waking nightmare.
Now almost 20 years later, Ryan’s childhood fears have reawakened. The flies are back.
You can find Flies on His Mind at the following links:
(Barnes and Noble is still pending. I will update this post when it’s available.)
What does the future hold?
As the title of this post implies, not much. Because…
Without further ado…
I’m going old school for the next month and a half.
Okay, I realize I could go further back (because I’m old enough to still remember pre-internet days. Remember how cool the computer voice in ‘War Games’ was?), but for the purpose of this little sabbatical I’m taking, I will still be utilizing the internet for email. I’m not going into the dark ages for hell’s sake.
As I mentioned last week, my son was just born. Let me tell you the first lesson I’ve learned. While having a kid is one thing, having two kids is not just two things (especially when the other is a toddler). It’s having everything going on almost all the time.
Needless to say, there have been some rearrangements made to my schedule.
In addition, I start back teaching in a week and a half. Haven’t really started prepping for the two new units I’m supposed to teach this year.
The garden we grow to maintain water rights as well as for food is smaller this year, but it’s still probably 3000 square feet.
And in addition to the new addition (I’m also old enough to remember New Addition. I didn’t necessarily like them, but I remember), I need to make sure I also give plenty of time and love to my wife and daughter.
Ergo, this post and this decision.
I’m going to need a little time to figure out where to fit my writing in and how this whole new life is going to work (not that a month and a half will necessarily provide me all the answers for the latter, but it should help for the former).
One thing I already know is that I’m spending too much time with my friends (read: fellow writers and bloggers). But damn, it’s good to have a community.
But I also heard recently that writers need to be good at being alone. So I need to pull the plug for a little while and get back to work in the limited time with which I’ll have to work.
It started with the idea of pulling back from the blogging world. Honestly, I don’t blog for therapy. I do it with an audience in mind. And when it comes to most of my readers (or at least my commenters), I know they have their own blogs, and I feel like it’s kind of a share-and-share-alike situation. If I don’t have the time to be reading their blogs, why should I expect anyone to read mine? So I’m saving (and banking) some future blog topics for when I can be a better participant in the conversations in general.
Facebook followed. This will be tricky as well, as here are the people I’ve known for much longer. But again, I’ll still be using email. And honestly, if I have to see one more bit of political propaganda, I’m going to freak out.
Twitter was pretty easy. I’m still trying to find the love there.
Anyway, I’ll be back. My birthday is September 12th (feel free to send money in lieu of gifts), and the plan is to return to my blog on Friday the 14th (would’ve been cool if it happened to be the 13th. Oh well).
While I’m gone, if you’re looking for other good writer/bloggers, go into my comments for previous posts and you’ll see the same names popping up time and again with great comments. Most of them are other writers and bloggers and worth your time.
There are plenty more whom I try to follow on a regular basis, but it’s too long of a list (and I don’t want to offend anyone I might miss).
I see great things on the horizon. I just need to do a little scrabbling to get a little better vantage point of that horizon.
What do I want from you?
Would love to hear any thoughts or comments. As always, I will be responding to them (it’s kind of cheating, I know, but it’s kind of like email, right?)
Also, I hope you check out Flies on His Mind. It’s only 99 cents.
Otherwise, don’t go too far. I’ll expect to see you back in September.
If you’re not already, it would help if you were subscribed to this blog so you know when I’ve returned (it’s easy to lose track of people in the blogosphere if you don’t hear from them for awhile).
So as always:
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