The Publishing Adventures

I have submitted one of my short stories for publication in an online magazine.  I probably will not hear from them for a couple months, if at all, but I will keep everyone updated on the progress of this.  I am working on polishing some other stories to then submit to other publications.  The main goals are to build up some publishing credits and earn a few extra dollars along the way.  By obtaining publishing credits, I stand a better chance of getting some of my other works published by traditional publishers.  That of course is if my stories are accepted for publication.

I have a few stories that are finished and I have sent them off to a few friends to read and offer opinions.  They will likely notice mistakes or issues that I have not because I have been staring at these stories so much.  They are all avid readers and a couple of them are writers as well so they should offer valuable information.  Once they finally read them and get back to me…  I am confident in their abilities.  Honestly, I appreciate that they even offered to read them which is more than most people would do so I really cannot complain.  I am in their debt.  The writing process just seems to go by a lot faster now than when I first started writing.

Once I have enough stories finished up, I can finish work on my dystopian novel.  This one will take a lot more time to polish as well as to write.  There are more words to write and then I have to make sure there is continuity throughout to avoid mistakes and plot holes.  It is a very time consuming process but I hope this will not take as long as I am expecting.  We shall see how things turn out.  I am looking forward to having so many stories finished.  I do not care if they never get published.  I have achieved more than most and that is all that matters.

Job Hunting

I have been searching for new employment since before I completed my Master Degree and I finally and having some luck.  I have an interview with an advertising firm.  I am not sure about pay or benefits or even most of the job duties but I will learn all of that at the interview.  What does this mean for me?  I do not know yet.  I may decide the job is not for me or the employer may decide I am not right for the firm.  Everything happens for a reason and whatever the outcome, it will be for the best.  I know it!

I am still looking for a venue to meet with local entertainers but that has become low on priorities with the job search.  Getting caught up with bills is more important.  I am not giving up but I need to take a step back and reevaluate everything.  I will continue offers entertainment consultation part-time until I can build up a client base.  This could take a couple of years but as long as I can pay my bills I will manage and continue to move forward.  Stability is key while I build my brand’s awareness.

I am also working towards completing a couple new stories as well as starting a novel.  I have five stories finished that I have a few friends looking over and a couple more that are nearly finished.  The novel has a long way to go but I do have three chapters completed and a plan for the next chapter.  I like having projects to keep me busy and it is nice that I have time to work on them and make some progress.  This does not always happen.  Naturally, I will post excerpts of my stories on this blog once I feel they are ready for the general public.

Until next time.  Perhaps I will have something to add to my resume the next time I post.  We shall see.  Until then, stay creative.

~ James

Searching For A Meet & Greet Venue

I am in the process of booking a venue to hold a meet and greet mixer for the entertainment community of Tucson, AZ.  I’m hoping to have this on a Sunday Afternoon, Evening or on a Monday Evening.  If you work at or own a business that would be interested in hosting an event like this, please reach out so I can get something going sooner than later.

I am still establishing myself in the Tucson Community so an event like this would be really nice to start getting to know most of the people I’ll be working with in the future.  It is very important that we begin to build and strengthen the entertainment community in Tucson so that we may all benefit.  Also, please feel free just to shoot me an email just to say hi and introduce yourself.  And now, here’s a phone pic of me from this past year’s Red Nose Day!