First of all – thank you so much for being a part of my writing life. I am grateful beyond words for your participation.
I’m here because I believe the models for publishing, distribution and enjoyment of art, writing, music and many more creative avenues are broken. The means by which consumers are connected with artists have been controlled for some time by a string of necessary people – valuable in that they possess knowledge and means to make the machine that publishes art work, but the path for newcomers to crawl in order to be recognized is fatally flawed. It’s lined with closed doors, insanely busy editors, stacks of unseen manuscripts and outrageous demands on ownership and publishing rights to pieces of work that should belong in perpetuity to the creator of the piece. It’s a minefield for a new writer. This is one reason self-publishing is becoming popular. And that’s another avenue for me to pursue, once I can gain a foothold financially – a web portal will help with that goal.
The idea is that consumers should enjoy the work of artists and the work of artists should succeed or fail on the basis of quality and appeal. I am willing to throw everything I value on that ideal – and present my work as worthy. I’m certain this is not a sour-grapes response to a lack of success. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe both in the ideal and the quality of my work. I am an award winning writer .
When the digital revolution changed music – the model for distribution of music crumbled. I don’t know if it will ever be fixed. I used to buy record albums. Now I purchase a subscription to Spotify, iTunes and about four others – I put songs into playlists and hope the artist is being remunerated accordingly and justly, but I don’t know if that’s happening.
I’m not looking for people to blame, I’m not looking for bad guys – I am looking for alternatives. Methods of connecting people who enjoy art directly with the people who create it. And this seems like a reasonable first step in that investigatory process. Let’s see where it goes.
- a novel – and fortunate to have had Gail Anderson-Dargatz as a mentor – a fine author (The Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightning, A Recipe for Bees, among many others)
- short stories
- an accumulation of poetry/journal/weblog pieces – filtered into those categories as days go by at the keyboard and word-counts accumulate.
- included here is a non-fiction piece – a thoughtful examination of media and the ghost in the machine.
My interests are diverse – music (mostly listening at this point), reading (of course) and my children.