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2015 in review: My year in blogging

What makes for a good blog? What do people want to read? I think a lot of authors struggle with this at one point or another — I know I do. Obviously, I hope this site provides a connection point between myself and my readers. I hope that it’s entertaining. And yes, I hope that it sells some books. Hey, I’m being honest.

So what really works? Chuck Wendig’s blog works because he primarily focuses on the art and craft of writing, and he has a great following among writers. John Scalzi’s blog is largely whatever (pun intended) comes out of his brain, and as one of the most venerable blogs on the Internet, his following has grown organically through the years.

More than three years into blogging, I suppose I’m still looking for something of an identity, though this year’s stats do point toward some interesting things. I think most importantly, though, is that this stuff can’t be forced. I don’t want to up and declare my blog to be “X,” because I may have readers who don’t want to read “X.” I’m still evolving as an author, and I think this blog should evolve as well.

So what worked in 2015? Here’s a list of top posts, in order of popularity:  Continue reading

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2015 in review: My year in writing

There are days when I still can’t quite believe that all this good authory stuff is happening. But it is, and apparently I’m not half-bad at it. And as it happened, 2015 was my most authory year yet.

Authory is totally a word. Back off, man…I’m a writer.

The following is a recap of the stuff that got published over the last year, and if there’s something that you haven’t read that piques your interest, by all means I’d encourage you to check it out. I suppose this is also my “awards consideration” post, and if you felt that anything below warranted that sort of recognition, then that’s pretty amazing and awesome. (Note: Don’t put me on a slate, no matter what the slate’s for. Just don’t. Thanks.)

TVG-cover-finalThe Venusian GambitThe Daedalus trilogy wrapped up in May with The Venusian Gambit, which got a starred review from Publishers Weekly and lots of love from lots of people. The reception this trilogy has received has been hugely encouraging to me as I’ve plotted my next steps as a burgeoning author. It’s been nearly a year since I wrote the last words of this series, but I know Weatherby and Jain will be with me for a very long time indeed.

“Crisis of Faith,” Pathfinder TalesMy first published short fiction of the year was the four-part Web series “Crisis of Faith” for the folks at Paizo, publishers of the Pathfinder RPG. Doing a Dungeons & Dragons-style piece was quite a lot of fun, and something of a bucket-list item for me. Plus, the story centers on a priest of the setting’s god of beer. So of course I had to write it. You can check it out for free at the link.

“On a Kansas Plain,” Cthulhu Fhtagn!Another big bucket-list piece, this time for Ross Lockhart’s Lovecraftian anthology for Word Horde. “On a Kansas Plain” is the story of what happens when one delves too deep into the shadowy cults waiting for the day when the Great Old One rises from the depths once more. I think this one is a little less weird than some of Lovecraft’s pulpy fiction, but it was still fun to revisit the Mythos.

“Confessions of an Interplanetary Art Fraud,” Unidentified Funny Objects 4Yep, a horror story and a humor story in one year. This still amuses me to no end. In this one, an Earthling abducted by aliens at an early age grows up to find that his childhood drawings are the toast of the galactic art scene — until his muse ends up in Twinkie rehab and he steals cultural icons from another species to pass off as his own work. Hijinks ensue, as you might imagine.

A lot of people made all this stuff possible: awesome literary agent Sara Megibow, Night Shade Books editors Cory Allyn and Jason Katzman, Word Horde publisher Ross Lockhart, UFO4 publisher Alex Shvartsman, and Paizo editors Chris Carey and James L. Sutter. And then there’s my family, of couse, who continue to support and encourage me in this whole writing thing; none of this would be worth a darn without them.

And ultimately, all the folks who bought, read and enjoyed my work — none of this would be happening without your support. Thank you!

There will be more stuff in 2016, including an exclusive short story for Geeky Giving and the launch of the MAJESTIC-12 series with MJ-12: Inception in September. And…there’s a few other things that I’ll be telling you about in January, so stay tuned!

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2015 in review: My year in beer

Given that I have a “Beer Fridge” tab on this site, it’s no secret I’m something of a beer aficionado. And I have the Untappd account to prove it.

As it happens, if you pay $5 for a monthly membership with Untappd, you can download an Excel file of all your beer sampling. I’ve spent more money for less entertainment than this, so I thought I’d see what my 2015 looked like, beer-wise.

I sampled 230 unique beers over the past year. At least 30+ of these were samplers at breweries and restaurants. Many were had on vacations and business trips. Some were homebrews – mine and others.  This was out of 254 total beers, by the way – I tend to sample different beers somewhat regularly rather than chug six-packs, which I think is certainly for the best.

So what did I learn from my year in beer?  Continue reading

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