Better Late than Never

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Hello.  Thanks for visiting my blog.  “A blog?” you may be thinking.  “Really?  How very… 2003 of you.”  And, if you were, you would be correct, but in this instance, I will not apologize for my tardiness (though I’m usually a bear for timeliness).  I’ve thought about taking the plunge for a long time — too long, really — and been sidetracked too often while admiring friends and colleagues who are now long-established and, sometimes, moved on to other forms of interaction: Facebook, Twitter, and other more obscure social media platforms that, honestly, I cannot pretend to understand.

There is something about the blog that has always attracted me; perhaps it’s the long-form option, the ability to ramble, and, candidly, the illusion of permanence.  I’m not sure if I really know. Maybe I’ll figure it out as we go along.

So why start now?

Thanks for asking.  I actually have a few reasons:

1.) I have a new book coming out in a few months —  a Star Trek story featuring Data called The Light Fantastic — and I thought this would be a good way to promote the work, interact with readers, and respond to comments and criticism. 

2.) I am currently attempting to find an agent to represent an original novel called Kirby and the Queen Bee and I thought this might be a good place to post some additional information about the project and perhaps garner some feedback from readers.  It is, as more than one person has commented, an odd book.  I am currently thinking very much about how much I’m willing to change it to make it more palatable to agents, who, very understandably, are looking for a “recognizable” product, something that’s neither fish nor fowl, especially in the exciting, yet frustrating current state of fiction publishing.  Discussions about that market (and the process of finding an agent) would be of great interest.

3.) To be known.  This one is the hardest to explain in many ways.  Without getting too precious about it, over the past year, I’ve been working with a therapist to better understand some issues — it would be a mistake to call them problems, so maybe a better word is “patterns” — that have plagued me since, oh, I don’t know… forever.  One of these issues is anxiety I have about — sorry, kids, I don’t have a better word — revealing myself to others. Exposing?  You see?  There’s no good way to say it, is there?  In any case, the point is, thanks to therapy, I’m feeling better.  A lot better, really.  There are things I’d like to talk about — nothing weird, don’t worry — and find out what other people think.  This forum feels like a good way to do it.  Or maybe not.  We’ll see, won’t we?

Here are some of the things I’d like to talk about:

– Writing

– (As distinct from) Publishing

– Star Trek (because, c’mon…  Star Trek)

– Books, comics, movies, TV (all media I consume with varying levels of pleasure and annoyance)

– My dog

– My cats (because, c’mon, it’s the internet)

– Cooking (I cook a lot.  In fact, I have to go make supper now)

– Travels (I spend a lot of time in airports these days, which, mostly, is good). 

– Legos (I have a serious Lego problem)

– Other things will suggest themselves, no doubt

Before I sign off, I want to thank the nice folks from Shore Leave (www.Shore-Leave.com) for inviting me to their convention this year.  I used the knowledge that they would be posting my information on their web page to motivate me to get something written here.  Apologies if you visited earlier and there was nothing here.  Wordpress is harder to navigate than I had expected.  I’ll see what I can do about getting some of the other functionality working.  I’ll take tips if anyone is willing to offer them.

Thanks for reading.

– Jeff

13 thoughts on “Better Late than Never

  1. I love my blog! I don’t get to use it as often as I’d like, but…life. I use my blog to write reviews for Star Trek, Batman and, now, The Six Million Dollar Man comics, that I’m a nut for.

    I, too, am new to the blog scene; I’m new to the internet and social-media, in general. However, I have a slight headstart, as my blog just-turned 1, last month.

    I look forward to your musings, as well as, your new Star Trek novel. Please…ramble as you see fit. While, I do not have a dog, cats or Lego infactuation, I’m sure the comics and Star Trek convversations will be entertaining.

    I love to cook, also; I AM The White Trash Iron Chef! LOL! I can take any leftovers and make a gourmet meal. I’m not so bad, from scratch, either. (Years of living on a shoestring budget and raising kids…)

    As for writing, I am new to ‘public’ writing, although my first ‘legitimate’ article was well-received a few-weeks ago. If Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore and Keith DeCandido label you as such, then, I suppose I’ve done something, eh?

    For your first blog, you’ve done a great job.

    Good luck! Or…. Qapla’!

  2. Looking forward to future installments of your new blog.

    Be sure to add the subscription option so your thousands of future readers will get notification of when you post!

    • Tom – EXACTLY like that. Usually with the third cup of coffee and the 20th cigarette. For those of you who don’t understand what we mean, there was once a time in the U.S. when you could SMOKE inside stores. Especially if you managed the store. Now that I think of it, a store full of very dry, old paper. What were we thinking?

  3. One-Note Pony

    It’s regrettable that you have to wrestle with turning a lovely fairy tale into “‘recognizable’ product”, but if you’re going to go all the way in making Kirby and the Queen Bee “more palatable to agents”, might I suggest:
    1) Kirby is not a kitten, but rather a teenaged werecat. Also female.
    2) Kirby doesn’t live by a field but rather has recently transferred to Field High School, where she is alternately repelled and entranced by the attentions of a ne’er-do-well foreign exchange student who worships her despite her blandness, and who may in fact be more than he seems (spoiler alert: he is more than he seems). Also, his name is some sort of noun, like Bolt.
    3) “Queen Bee” is not a literal bee, but rather the sexy and mysterious leader of an ancient clan of werecat hunters. She wears yellow a lot.
    4) Pitch it as a trilogy, set in junior and senior years of high school plus the summer vacation before Kirby goes off to join the Bastet Peace Corps.
    5) The story needs lots of long, meaningful, gazes to emphasize a smoldering but ultimately chaste and nonthreatening romance at its core.
    6) If somebody in the story could be a detective, assassin, Gypsy, carny, or bounty hunter, so much the better.

  4. I know I’m a little late to the game here, but I just wanted to say that I have been a huge fan of your Star Trek books for many years. I’m really looking forward to your new book and hope it is successful enough to motivate Pocket Books to contract out some more work from you. You’ve been out of the fold for much too long. I’ll be following your blog and hope that you will have the time to add some thoughts on a regular basis.

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