Thursday, September 29, 2011

*Insert Witty Title Here*

So. This past year has been spent reflecting on what I want to do next in my life. Last December I took a break from all forums, facebook, and twitter. It took a month or so for my creativity to start coming back, but it did. Now my mind is racing with new ideas for stories, for drawings, for paintings, for crafty things, for new adventures. YeeHaw! What impossible dream do I want to pursue next?

As I stood here poised for my next big adventure in life, I realized that I needed to tie up a few loose ends.

With Emerald Tales and Crystal Codices, I achieved what I set out to achieve. I published stories and poetry that I thought should be published, and I gave a boost to a few writers who had never been published before. Making money was never my goal for those publications.

Then Amazon launched its Kindle Direct Publishing which is a much better way to publish those longer short stories than I was doing. If you can't find a market for your short stories then I highly recommend that you consider Kindle Direct Publishing.

Being a publisher is not something that I always had a burning ambition to do. It was an idea that I had about five years ago, and I made that idea a reality. Mission accomplished, but do I want to continue? The answer to that question was no. There are aspects of publishing that I really don't enjoy. And I suck at marketing.

So with the contracts almost all expired, I've decided to permanently close to all submissions. I'm not closing the company, yet. I still have Mette Pesonen's The Annals of Hypnosia in print until next April. And maybe I'll take it off in a different direction down the road.

As for this blog, I'll still post random musings about writing and funny videos when I find them.

I was going to post a youtube video of two dogs dining, but I got an error message. I'm wondering if the drunk monkeys in the previous video are involved as I got the following error message:
500 Internal Server Error

Sorry, something went wrong.

A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation.

If you see them, show them this information:
... a thousand more letters redacted

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