Ab out a year and a day ago, I made a post about not feeling too patriotic on the fourth. This year, however, I’m a bit tired of constantly being negative all the time, so I thought that I’d make a post about the good things that have happened in my life since the last time I posted, which was…three months ago?! I’m not good at this independent blogging thing.
Anyway, the first major good thing that happened is that I got a steady, part-time job at a local Office Max. It came with a slight pay raise over the bookstore and a guarantee of hours every week, so I’m making more money than I was. That’s all good. I’ll be honest, I kind of like the bookstore job, but they couldn’t give me enough hours, and I felt kind of underutilized an under-appreciated. I mostly work cashier at Office Max, which is not my favorite part of retail, but my managers have been praising my work and offering incentives, so it’s not that bad, really.
The second major thing that happened is that I accepted a position as a contributing writer to a RPG blog site called Nerdarchy. Their focus is on fifth edition Dungeon and Dragons, which is perhaps my favorite edition of the game, so I feel very at home writing for it. In fact, my first article has already been posted. Go check it out!
All excitement aside, I broke an earlier rule of mine and I am basically writing for Nerdarchy for free. BUT. Nerdarchy has recently added a Patreon with a stretch goal that will allow them to pay all their writers for the work they do. So if you’re interested in helping out, go over give them a couple of bucks a month. In the meantime, if you want to support my work directly, you can always .
The final thing I want to mention is really minor in the scheme of things. but it’s totally fun. I’ve recently started posting on an Instagram account. I put a link in the social links widget on the sidebar if you are interested in following. Mostly, I post pictures from my life. sometimes they are selfies, sometimes they are pictures of books I’m reading. And of course there are the obligatory cat pics. But the most interesting thing I’m doing is writing microfics to go along with pictures that I take.
The house had been abandoned for years. The day he moved in, I went up to speak to him. “You know what happened,” I said. It wasn’t a question. By now I was at least the fifth person to tell him. But he just grinned at me, his teeth almost unnaturally white. “That’s why I’m here,” he said. Then he went inside and shut the door. #microfiction #instafiction
These microfics are a ton of fun to write, and it’s especially fun to take pictures and use them as inspiration for writing. It’s a whole different experience from writing microfics on twitter, where all you have is the text. Here, I let the pictures tell me what I’m writing about. Thew picture and the text side-by-side create a much more powerful effect than either picture or text alone can.
To most, the church was a comforting sight, a reminder of God’s presence in the community. But it was rumored that the minister dreaded being there at night, and she always averted her eyes from the steeple when passing it. When asked why she did this, the minister only said, “I can feel him watching me from the window whenever I’m alone.” #microfiction #instafiction
I’m no photographer, but Instagram makes it easy to pretend that I am one. I know a few basic rules of composition, and combining that with a uick filter makes for some really cool pictures. For subjects, I use the buildings and signs around my hometown. Then I turn them into stories from another world. I love doing it, because ti feels liek I’m transforming my hometown into an episode of the Twilight Zone.
Anyway, I’m not on Facebook that much anymore, so if you want to stay up to date with what’s been going on in my life, Instagram is the way to go. And, occasionally, you’ll get a couple bits of fiction as well. If you want updates on my D&D writing, follow me on Twitter. I’ll be tweeting links to most of my articles. Anyway, hopefully it won’t take too long to post my next update. Fingers crossed!