Hi! Thanks for stopping by this space and taking a look!
But I’ll ask for forgiveness up front. This first blog post is more potential than polish, as most of our beginnings are, from learning to walk to writing our first story.
There is a lot of advice out there for writers on building audiences, developing a brand, collecting a tribe. Sometimes it makes me feel like giving up before I even start. No matter what, there are people out there who are doing all of that way better than me, so why bother, right?
But I do see the value in being able to connect with a writer whose work you enjoy, after all, I follow the blogs/twitter feeds/Facebook pages of a few other writers myself. And as I step out onto the path of publication for The Traveller’s Path, my historical fantasy, I can see the value of having a place where I can connect with my potential readers.
The thing is, I don’t consider myself an expert on anything, really, but I do have some experiences that might be useful to others who are on the writing journey, or some insights into my own writing process that people might find interesting. I certainly can tell you a lot about my book that I am writing; about Northumbria in 642 A.D., about monasteries and kings and thegns and coerls and oh, elves and the Black Death and ergot poisoning. Some of which feature prominently in my book, some of which were fascinating rabbit trails discovered along the way.
I can also wax poetic about tea, about faith, about social justice and books I have read, and about people who inspire me and about places I’ve been. About my family and my slightly silly Labrador Retriever. I suspect many of these things will show up in this space, at one time or another. It will be a place for me to share some bonus short stories, just for fun. And to point you to other places where you can find more of my work, if you like.
Bear with me, dear reader, and if you would be so kind, help me out a time or two with a comment here and there. Let me know what you like and what you don’t like (which is often more useful, in the end).
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
I’m opening out the door and stepping on the road. I hope you’ll come with me.
What do you think? Have you started something new lately? What do you want to see in this space?