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Pass posted 1/24/2014 12:52 PM

When I first moved out from The Princess' evil clutches, one of my sisters (who is an author) said, "NOW will you finally write your novel?"

I didn't know I was expected to write a novel! I gave it a try, but it was just too much for my brain to handle. So back in July, I started writing a "blovel" (like a novel, but I'm doing it in a blog small entries on a web site, released twice a week). I'm having a great time with this, and have even gotten an app on my phone that lets me write and publish my entries from wherever I am. I've written entries all over this city, instead of being confined to my home office! It's cool. I had a look at the stats for January, and over 800 people have been reading. Feeling pretty cool!

I've done technical blogs related to my business for a few years now (over 3000 readers per month!). I finally decided to write a short e-book on one of the modules I often create in the custom databases I create for clients. I announced it on Wednesday, and have sold 12 copies so far. At $21 per, it's not making me rich, but it's a little extra spending money.

I also have a music blog that I've used for documenting my technique for improvising on my mandolin. It has about 200 readers per month. I'm thinking of creating that as an ebook as well.

This writing shit is kind of fun. I'm making bugger-all at it, but it's a fun diversion, and I could maybe get a little cash from it once in a while.

I hate that I'm not ALWAYS there for my kids anymore, but I'm using this spare time that I've found to do some cool stuff.

I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again: I'm not ready to thank her for it, but The Princess really did do me a favour by making divorce the only acceptable option.

Nature_Girl posted 1/24/2014 12:58 PM

Awesome!

sadone29 posted 1/24/2014 13:02 PM

Awesome!

I'm almost finished writing my second novel. I've been thinking about writing an e-book, but for some reason, that sounds like too much for my brain to handle!

I'm glad you've found something you like to do!

jjct posted 1/24/2014 13:08 PM

That's great!
One of our SIfriends posted a creative pic she took for a photog class.
On her hand she had written;
"My H's affair was the best thing that happened to me."

I'd bet a month's salary you know this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0DttYjN5p8

Brandon808 posted 1/24/2014 13:21 PM

@pass,
Go for it! I'm working on my first novel as well. Recommend you sign up with NaNoWriMo (google it ).

@sadone29,
Unless I am misunderstanding you an e-book is no problem at all. There are lots of platforms for writers to publish their e-books for free. The e-publisher just takes a commission on each sale.

sadone29 posted 1/24/2014 13:26 PM

Sorry, I wasn't clear at all, was I? I was thinking more about a non-fiction e-book..like a how-to or writing as an expert on something. That kind of book just seems overwhelming with all the research and such.

Pass posted 1/24/2014 14:01 PM

I'd bet a month's salary you know this song:

jjct, never heard that song before, but it has some nice mandolin strumming through it. May need to learn it! I could use the money, but will hold off on collecting your salary.

sadone, that would be an ambitious project. I've only written about things I know a lot about, so I haven't had to do a pile of research. Even for my blovel, I chose a topic that I learned a lot about as a kid.

Brandon, I had never heard of NaNoWriMo. I will definitely look into it!

And thanks, y'all!

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