Change is in the air. Change of season from Summer to Autumn. Changes at the House. Changes in our Society. And hopefully some positive ones here at gordondeland.com.
Change of Season
This is my writing season, first beginning in early July and extending through New Years. The heat of North Texas is abating and I am feeling more alive because of it. Outdoors is no longer something to be endured and I feel the urge to take the laptop out on the patio. Add something carb-y for higher blood sugar, then some coffee or whiskey to wash it down and I’m ready to write for hours, lost in another world.
Change in Society
I’m pretty sure we mostly are sick of this but I mention it for a reason. I am upset all the way to my core being about some of the changes proposed, in the way many Americans are being mandated to live. I’m Yankee by birth, remember, and I live in North Texas by choice. Rebellion and independence are a significant and integral part of my character. I’m an independent author and about 50% independent from ‘work’—as in working for someone else. The fear-inducing politics thrown as the US population (my readers and me!) are a tremendous distraction for me. I want for my home, this house, to be significantly ‘wage-independent’, yet without going to the extreme of off-grid living. That takes planning and money spent. And that’s on top of working a job or two, trying to continue writing novels and rebuilding my family relationships. Needless to say, I’m getting less sleep than I’d like.
Change at gordondeland.com
So add to the above changes, I’d like to make more of this site. I’d like to be able to offer my novels and short stories for sale here, directly, as well as actually ‘advertise’ about the goings on here. One more step toward independence, for me. I’m not looking to quit or exclude Amazon or B&N or others, but I think the time approaches quickly for an outlet of my own. The Local angle also appeals, selling my own creations here in the DFW metroplex in person. And maybe some merchandise—tees and mugs and similar such stuff, the likes of which no one really needs but, hey, nice to have. I’d appreciate any thoughts on that, if you have any.
That’s all for now. Hoping to receive a visit from my grown children around Thanksgiving time. Two of them live a thousand miles away and haven’t been traveling much. Halloween approaches, a writing prompt in itself. And just before that is Day of the Dead, which here in Dallas Metroplex is definitely a thing. So, I’ll be busy, but posting daily on Instagram, @author.gordon.deland
Keep in touch,