For awhile now, I’ve been hosting my author site myself. However, all of my WP sites with my host are running slower and slower. In order to have hosting optimized for WP, I’d have to pay them $12.95/month. That would work out to about $155/year — right now I am paying $118 — for 3 years. $12.95 is just not doable for me.
When I originally purchased my hosting, I was full time. Now I am not, and I have to scrimp and save to keep what I have. Paying more is not an option. Since I don’t need much for my author site at this time, I have decided to make my WP.com site my official blog. I spent today redoing it and moving the relevant posts here (and then backdating them). I also created a new header for this site. I hope you like it. (It’s mostly a real photo. Feel free to comment and guess which tiny addition I made to it.)
As many of you know, I have had trouble with my creative writing, among other things, for a few years now. I am slowly working on breaking free of that trouble. My historical fiction book is still in the works. There is a long way to go with it, but just thinking about it makes me happy. I love what I have written so far; I love the covert art I’ve created (thanks to a wonderful photo by friend Sara Poston), for the book; and I love the potential this book has to be a series of books.
Even though I don’t really like the way I sound on spoken recordings (singing = good, spoken. . . not so much!), I’ve been thinking about re-releasing Echoes as an audio book. All the original poems + at least one bonus track.
Please comment and let me know if this is something that you would be interested in buying. I broached the idea awhile ago, and saw some interest, but thought I would check again.
I thought I’d share a quick update about what I’m working on now that the print edition of “Echoes” is complete (and for sale).
I have wanted to write historical fiction for a long time. After much discussion and plotting out possible ideas and timelines, I have decided to center my first novel around the American Civil War. It will also include time travel.
During my undergraduate years at Ferrum College, I was fortunate to take a semester-long course on the ACW from one of the most amazing men I have ever known, Col. Earl G. “Bud” Skeens. I hope that this will be a book that he would have enjoyed. I only wish I’d been able to bring the idea to fruition before he passed away several years ago. Right now, I’m primarily doing research. Luckily, our local library had a huge book sale, and I was able to purchase quite a number of excellent Civil War books for next to nothing!
I am also considering an audio book version of “Echoes” . This would allow customers to purchase the poetry at a reduced cost, but with the understanding that the artwork which accompanies the poetry would not be included in such a project. A few polls showed that people would love to hear audio excerpts from “Echoes”, leading me to believe that an audio book would be welcomed. I know that for myself, I always treasure the opportunity to hear poets read their own work, because I get so much more out of it when I hear their tone, and hear which words they emphasize, rather than just reading it to myself and wondering.