July 29th, 2011

Ghaleon

The Humble Indie Bundle 3.

A while back I posted about the Humble Bundle, which allows you to purchase several fantastic indie games for any price you want, with the proceeds going to charity. When I say any price, I do mean ANY price. Want to pay $100? Go ahead. Want to pay only one cent? You can do that too (you monster!).

The latest Humble Bundle is here, offering several more indie games for a noble cause. I recommend donating at least some of your money to the Child's Play charity, which seeks to bring a little bit of happiness to the unfortunate children of the world.



So what are you waiting for? Pay whatever you want, get some fantastic games, and support charity! Why are you still reading this? GO! BUY! NOW!
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Ghaleon

About the blog.

I'm giving some serious thought to reviving my old blog. I haven't posted there in years, for a couple of reasons.

For one, having an author's blog without actually being published felt like a self-deception, like I was pretending to be someone I wasn't. I thought, why have a blog and pretend that you're a real writer when I don't have anything on the shelves yet? Another reason is that I wanted to feel more sure of myself as a writer before I started promoting myself.

I'm slowly beginning to think that this attitude is self-defeating. Just because I haven't been published yet doesn't mean I have nothing of value to say, and waiting for some arbitrary point before I finally feel as if I have permission to talk about my work is counterproductive. Audience building doesn't begin only when you have a contract. As for confidence, I think getting some feedback and perhaps even a few people who may be excited to see my work would do wonders for my self-image.

Before I revive the blog, however, there are a few things I must take care of. Since it is a few years old, its software is out of date, and updating might break a few of the add-ons I've installed. After that I have to go over its current content and cut out the fat. My updated blog will have a more focused direction, so anything that doesn't fit into that will have to be deleted. The reviews are definitely staying, since I still plan on doing reviews. Hell, I even have a few new reviews already written.

Updates are also needed throughout the website. An updated "about me" section, the removal of my old projects and the addition of my current ones. I will not be posting sample chapters of my work, but I'm toying with the idea of writing a new story specifically for the site. That way I can give readers a taste of my work and get them excited for my projects. The new story, if I go forward with that idea, will be distributed for free in a digital form, with perhaps a link to a vanity press for those who'd prefer a physical copy.

None of this is final, though. I haven't decided whether I'll undertake the effort required to do all of this, especially since I have a novel that is very nearly finished that demands my attention. It WILL happen, though, it's just a question of whether I do it sooner or later.
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