The blog of D Kai Wilson-Viola

Author, advocate, designer, mental health advocate and parent. 

Release schedules….

Release schedules….

One of the major areas I’m looking at right now, while increasing my ‘discipline’ and butt in seat stickivity for my writing is to look at my release schedules.
So, when I’ve got Glass Block out the gates, I’ve got several choices – Near Earth, Black Monday or another book, I’m not sure whether I’ll move forward with one of several books, or if I’ll take the time to build up my copywriting business, or do something else.  All I do know is the next few weeks and months are going to be jam packed, and I hope that they’ll be good for my carreer.

One of the major things I’m learning right now though is that I can’t underestimate anything – if anything, I need to build in space and delays, just to make sure I get through it all – with dissertations and other projects in the way, I’m well aware that just about anything could go wrong between now and June 4th – it’s a good lesson for writers though – as I’m restructuring (again) to ensure that I have time to work on the things that interest me most, I’m also aware that there’s no way in this WORLD that I have the time to do everything I want to.  Not right now anyway – it might be possible later once the books start actually doing well……

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Exciting stuff

Exciting stuff

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It’s not all gloom and doom in my household.

One of the big projects I’m launching post graduation is my new press project.  It’s two parts at the moment – with the whole thing being ran from one site – Occam’s Library is my e-book print arm, and covers working on the Kindle, and the Nook and other projects that involve the ‘simplest’ solution, while Schrödinger’s Library is the print project and will be lagging slightly behind this one.  I think that the overall project needs a proper name, so for now it’s falling under Lime-in-the-coconut , which was my original co-op press project.  So all and all, it’s very positive.

But – I need a bit of help.  To make a press really work I need to have people to read the stuff we’re putting out.  For now I’ve got some very specific books in mind for going out, so please don’t query me to take your book.  What I need instead is…well, a couple of things really.

One is to follow @occamslibrary on Twitter.  The second is to join up to my writer’s fan page.

Occam’s Library’s first release is going to be Glass Block – it’s been variously described as ‘Law and Orders down and dirty with a dystopic CSI, discovers blood borne viruses that creates vampires, werewolves and other wibblies and has a love child’ or ‘absolutely insane, off the hook, gimmie more!’.

I describe it as a sci-fi/horror/slipstream thriller that constantly leaves you guessing, and introduces you to Elliot Peters, one of the main protagonists in the green-room in my head.

The second book out is a guide to social networking and blogging – it’s in the process of being renamed because we didn’t like the name it had – it walks you through, step by step, what you need to do to set up your blog to work with social networking, and how to leverage it effectively, including planning things like promotions, blogging calendars ‘etc’.

The third book out, near Christmas, is yet to be decided.  It’ll either be Pictures In the Dark (a bipolar’s guide to good mental health), or Near Earth.  And of course if things pick up, or there’s a demand, there’s something like 12 other books in the Glass Block series waiting to be edited and released, plus dozens of other universes and other fun stuff that’s sci-fi, horror or a mix of both.

For those of you that don’t see anything you’re interested in yet, Green room in my head talks about all the different genres I write, while Writers-bookshelf is going to gear itself more towards the theory and practice of publishing, but I write and have written in just about every genre known to man and woman kind, including erotica, so there really is something for every type of reader out there available.  You gotta tell me though – which is the other area I need help.  I’m legendarily indecisive, so I’d love to hear what you want to see.  Got a favorite genre?  Really interested in what I’m talking about?  tell me!

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So, the new world order

So, the new world order

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I discovered a couple of things this weekend – the first being I don’t like being out of control – meds haven’t changed how pressured I feel when things start dropping out-of-order.
The second thing I discovered is I’m really freaking out about my dissertation – and with all my focus on trying to keep work flowing and keep up with all of my commitments, I’ve been pushing that to the back of my mind and going ‘la la la’. Not good given it’s due in just under 60 days and I’m only confident in about a fifth of it (of 10k). I have a meeting about that today…
The third thing I discovered – and keep discovering is that if I don’t commit to writing at least a little fiction daily, I become very negative. It’s not because my self-worth is tied to my writing – in fact it’s worse than that – it’s because without fiction, I really feel like I’m a failure.
I guess that needs to be examined some more because I can’t handle not writing fiction – but at the same time, I’m afraid to ‘put it out there’ so it sits, worthless on my hard drive. Ultimately too, I don’t need people to tell me I’m being silly, or demand it, or anything else – it’s not how my psyche works. I need to put myself out there, but before I do so, I have to start writing again.
What this means in practicality is that i am going to start small. A couple of times a week I’m going to take time out for my projects. Instead of investing (wasting!) time surfing the net, or vegging on Facebook (because I do that more often than I’m productive and helpful on there) I’m going to write my ‘own’ stuff. I’m not sure how I’m going to balance work and this yet, but it starts with my assignments and my dissertation. As they are fiction, that suits me quite nicely.

And yes, I know, I said this a couple of months ago, when I said ‘making it easier on myself’, but you know what?  Sometimes it takes me a while between making a decision and actually actioning it.  It’s a personality flaw I guess 😉
After May, I’m going to finish producing a couple of short non fiction books for the Kindle platform and start redressing this balance that’s out of whack. Ultimately I’m not earning ‘enough’ as a copywriter now and that needs to be addressed – not by taking on ever more work – but by balancing copywriting part time with being an author and publisher part-time. I have lots of marketable expertise – I really should share it.

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Tech – obsession or relationship?

Tech – obsession or relationship?

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I’m into a lot of things, when it comes to tech. Computer based, I’m PC and through choice – it’s not that I don’t *like* Apple, and it’s not the expense, but that most everyone I support, tech wise, is on a PC. It makes sense that I stay on the PC too.
But when it comes to my phone, my tablet? Apple all the way! I’m an iPhone nut, having briefly toyed with the Android (G1), messed with the Blackberry,worked with one or two of the other leading contenders.  I can’t see myself with anything else to be honest.

And I’ve got an iPad too – in part because it’s one of those things that I’ve wanted since it was announced, but also because it works for me.
But I can’t help but wonder where all this tech leaves us – which I guess I have to explore in more than one post – right now I wanted to touch on something I read in the ‘does bad grammar’ post linked at the bottom of this post.

The idea that we refer to our tech as animate instead of inanimate objects (basically, dropping the ‘the’) or considering our tech as persons rather than things isn’t a new idea.  I view my laptop, my desktop, my phone and my tablet as an extension of me – more importantly, I view them as having ‘personalities’, lives and ‘jobs’ of their own.  It’s not as if I’m arguing sentience for them – I’m not – I know they are tools – but they are tools with emotional investment.  I ‘treasure’ my tech in ways I probably shouldn’t.

I have learned in the last few years to separate myself from my tech – for various reasons I could spend days immersed in tech and felt antsy when I wasn’t online because we were on holiday, because I was in hospital – because I was unable to ‘connect’ for whatever reason – my disconnection from ‘my world’ has ironically faded despite my ‘world’ being more portable.  Now, it’s not quite like that, but like every relationship that has shifted, I’ve grown to love my tech.  It’s kinda like the difference between loving and being ‘in love’.  There’s that depth of relationship with my tech – with the tech I guess – it’s more than being connected to the world, though that facet of it makes the relationship more beguiling, but I know, like everything else, I need some space from it – and the rest of my tech sometimes.

What do you think?  Do you consider your tech as inanimate, or do you have an ‘odd’ relationship with what is, effectively, plastic, metal and a touch of electricity?
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