Looking Ahead

There’s going to be some changes coming next year. I know I say that every year, but this year I mean it. For starters, it’s time to admit I’m bad at this whole updating a blog thing. Finding the time, not to mention the energy, to write posts for this site is beyond me at the moment for reasons I won’t go into.

So, come January and for the foreseeable future I’m going to replace this blog with a static page. Posts such as my film write-ups will be archived or slowly transferred to my Patreon page. These posts – and any future ones that I make – will remain free, but I think having all of my writing in one spot for the time being is a good idea. As ever, I reserve my right to change everything on a future whim.

You’ll still be able to stay abreast of my comings and goings by following me on Twitter and Facebook, or by signing up to my new TinyLetter.

The TinyLetter will go out at once a month, at the end of every month, starting in January. It’ll bring you up to speed on what I’ve been working on that month, what’s available and various others bits and pieces – it’ll be fairly bare bones, with little in the way of commentary. The basics, and nothing more. It will also be available to read without signing up for it, if you’d rather not receive it in your inbox.

Now you might ask why I’m bothering to close the blog down when I could just make similar updates as posts. The answer is simple – if the blog is active, I feel as if I have to provide content above and beyond the self-promotional. And when I don’t – or can’t – it adds to my already ridiculously high stress levels. A bit silly, I admit, but it is what it is.

In the coming year, I’m going to be attempting to moderate the aforementioned stress levels, to pare away anything that isn’t absolutely necessary for me to function as a professional – and that includes various forms of social media. While I won’t be getting rid of Twitter, Facebook, etc. I may be changing how I interact with them. Might be less, might be more, I can’t say at the moment.

But I do know that shuttering the blog for the time being is a necessary first step. My intent is to shrink my overall social media obligations to the minimum necessary, and to exploit things like Twitter and Tumblr more fully. Anything I’m not finding useful will get kicked to the curb. I’ll probably also be doing fewer interviews and appearances, because those things also stress me out, albeit in different ways.

I’m not becoming a hermit, though it likely sounds that way. I’m just…scaling back in certain ways. As I said, it might last, it might not. And all of this will be a work in progress. Things won’t flip over all at once at midnight on December 31st. But my online presence will gradually transition into something less accessible and yet possibly more informative. I hope you stick around for it.

Regardless, happy holidays folks. I know this year has been a right ball-ache for many of you so I’ll leave you with some cheer.

Monmouth’s Giants

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Today I’ve got a special treat for fans of the Royal Occultist – a look at the top-notch cover for Monmouth’s Giants, the first volume of the Casefiles of the Royal Occultist. The book collects several previously published stories, as well as a brand new tale. It will be out soon from the kind folks at 18thWall Productions, publishers of Cryptid Clash. The fantastic art-deco cover is by Johannes (Cryptid Clash, The Chromatic Court).  Continue reading