a year of publishing ‘independently’

Originally posted on pigeon weather productions:

a birthday usually feels like a beginning to me, but this one feels like an ending, an ending to my year of publishing ‘independently’. it’s a bit early, since the year of doing that factually began last Thanksgiving weekend, when I first put some of my books on Smashwords and Feedbooks and was startled to see any of them being downloaded at all. It’s been fun and I’ve learned a few things, but I’ve also seen enough to know that the so-called Indie Book community is not one I can really be a part of. I’ve never been a joiner anyway, and despite the fact that there are lots of good and talented people involved in it, that world essentially boils down to marketing and grubbing for money.

Every child knows how to cry “mommy, mommy, look at me”, and every parent knows how tiresome it becomes. I’ve been the…

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The Death Trade: a future fiction

Originally posted on pigeon weather productions:

this black market was very black indeed. we didn’t understand how it worked. the idea was simple enough. someone who did not want to live could trade their remaining time with someone who was dying but wanted to live. the tricky part was knowing how much time they had remaining. death brokers ran a shady business, much like pawnbrokers I guess. people would come in and offer up the rest of their lives for a price to be paid their beneficiaries. you can picture the guy behind the counter sizing them up. he was said to have special powers but you knew that was nonsense. Nobody has special powers. so he had a license. a license only costs money. so he said he was a gypsy? anyone could be a gypsy. they said it was all based on supply and demand. plenty of people were dying who didn’t want to…

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A few things to report for a new year

First, I’d like to say happy new year to everyone. I hope everyone had a great holiday season.

I’ve been off work since December 20th, but go back sometime around the 13th of January. Though I have not written much, I have been reading quite a bit. Lately, I’ve been a bit preoccupied with Permaculture and gardening books…

So, one thing I’ve changed for the new year: I’m no longer a smoker. I hope this change lasts, but according to everything I’ve read, smokers tend to fall back into their old ways after about eight weeks. Right now I feel as if I’ll never touch another one of the nasty things again, but I also have an occasional craving for the habit of the cigarette.

Change #2 – I’m seriously thinking about working on a new blog. I’m just considering this because the content would have nothing to do with indie authorship. I can no longer access the maturehealth.wordpress.com blog, so I would have to start from scratch and most of the content would be about some aspect of gardening, food health/security, etc.

Change #3 – I’m currently looking for a small piece of property to live and garden on. I don’t need anything large, but hoping to find something affordable in Siloam Springs. I know it would be a big change from apartment dwelling, but I think I can handle it. We’ll see…

Anyway, I’m looking forward to 2014 and wishing everyone a great year.