Slow Summer

The summers in Tucson are always slower due to the extreme heat.  Many businesses close and take a vacation because there are not enough customers coming in to bother with staying open.  With an entertainment industry still small but growing, this makes my line of work difficult.  We have many plans for the Fall and things look good for the coming season in Tucson but, for now, times are hard.  This has not stopped me from pursuing creative endeavors.  To put it simply, I can’t be stopped.  I’ll give you a little glimpse of what I’ve been up to the last couple months.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I sent out some short fiction to be published in online magazines.  I submitted about four stories to four different magazines and e-zines.  Two have been rejected while the remaining two are still under review for another month.  I will continue submitting to different places until at least one is published.  This is all part of the master plan and I am always nefariously plotting.  (insert evil laugh)  The final goal is to get a traditional book publication, be it a novel or collection of short fiction.

At the end of May, myself and a few others were voted onto the Board of Directors for the Tucson Fringe Festival.  This has been a new and exciting experience and I am looking forward to working the festival in January.  Fun fact: World Fringe Day is July 11 and it is the first ever celebration of the 70 years of fringe.  That is one reason why I’m excited to be apart of this.  The point of fringe is to help people who can’t normally get their foot in the door at more traditional venues.  It kind of makes me feel I’ve been on the fringe my whole life.

Finally, I want to mention my company, VaudVil, and our Patreon Page.  This is a great way for you or you or anyone to participate, at least a little, in the creative process.  By donating a little money, as little as $1, you can support VaudVil and be included in our future endeavors.  The more you donate, the more you get access to, including how to videos for the publishing industry or how to pitch your movie or TV show ideas.  All it takes is a small amount of money and you can even help during our events if you want.  Check out Patreon and tell me what you think.

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