Posted in March 2013

Meeting People

It’s actually taken me 3 days to find a window of time in which to make this post. Gah. Busy and distracted constantly. But look at me, already off-topic!

My trip to PAX and my general struggle with marketing ITGN has made me think a lot about how I interact with people. I’m not exactly an introvert, but I tend strongly towards watching and listening, and feel most comfortable in small-scale engagements–one-on-one conversations, small groups, etc. Faced with actual brand new people and casual encounters, I found I had absolutely no idea where to begin speaking to them. I would never have considered this odd, either, except for the presence of one F. (we shall call him) who appears to have leveled entirely as a Bard for the duration of his existence. It’s unbelievable. The ability to engage with anyone, whoever they may be, and result in a positive interaction just blows my mind.

I’m not sure what to do with the revelation yet. I am still (clearly) struggling to understand how one promotes oneself, even if one is producing something that one believes wholeheartedly is an awesome and worthwhile thing. I love my book. But I kind of choke when put on the spot to verbally tell someone about it. I have no idea why. I feel the inability to self-promote and casually interact with shiny new people is somehow related. I wonder how many other people have this problem, and how many marvelous things it’s buried away from the public eye.

PAX East

Heading to PAX today. I’ll have a copy of Into That Good Night on me for general “Look, I made this!” purposes, but mostly I’m just there to be there. And to assassinate people, which is possibly the best meta-con-game I’ve heard of.

I’ll be on the PAX train (Sonic line, if I recall correctly), ready for on-the-way games and some writing. I have some things to shake loose.

In related news, my first royalties have made their way to me, which is an excellent feeling. I am by no means capable of retiring into the lap of luxury, but it is nice nonetheless. It’s a symbol, really. Now I just need to get the hang of this self-promotion thing, something I have never been particularly great at. It always feels self-indulgent or arrogant, but I guess if you’re trying to write for a living, you’re already self-indulging.

Please allow me to introduce myself…

Hi there.

Today the site goes live. Technically it’s been around for a couple weeks now, but it’s taken a while to get into an acceptably visible state–I kind of blame my day job and kind of blame my own lack of familiarity with websites. I’ll endeavor to do better.

But the site is here. There’s not much to know yet–I wrote a book, I think it’s pretty awesome, and I encourage you to read a few preview chapters to decide if you like it or not (and then buy it if you do). There is some information about me if you’re into that kind of thing. Otherwise this will just be a place to broadcast my general musings and thoughts.

It’s early yet, but if you happen to have found me and are not a spammer or a bot (fun fact: this site has been quiet and mostly empty for two weeks but already has spam! Amazing), feel free to drop a comment or just poke around. I’m glad to have you here.