For the last few weeks I’ve been grappling with the woes of unemployment. This is the first time in my life that I have ever had to apply for unemployment and it’s both painful and humbling. On the plus side, this newly available free time has helped me finish some writing and do more of the blogging and things. I’ve even been more active on social media. With more finished writing, I’ve also been submitting to online magazines. Some have rejected me and others I’m still awaiting a reply. It’s been a rocky few weeks.
With publishing and things, I have several short stories that will likely be rejected soon. I say likely rejected because I feel I need to be rejected 10,000 times before someone will publish my work. We shall see. Also, June 16, will be a free eBook download day for Dollar Tales from the Morbid Museum: The Ghosts Inside. Download on your kindle or kindle app for free the entire day. On June 30, I have a new eBook coming to your kindle and kindle app titled Dollar Tales from the Morbid Museum: Flash Fiction. This one will include four short stories and a little introduction to the Morbid Museum.
As far as promotion is concerned, I have recently started a Patreon page. This is a social platform to help artists, creators, and the like to gain financial assistance for the creative endeavors. Since I am unemployed, I thought this would be a good idea. I at least would like $7 a month to help cover the cost of this website. I have also been working harder on increasing my reach on my Facebook and Twitter pages. I have increased likes and followers, but this is only the beginning. Please tell your friends and keep an ear out for other free eBook download days.
The challenges will never cease, and I will continue my mental health battle. I’ve been finding more and more reasons to stay positive and finally feel like I have a support system. This is a first for me, but this is what motivates me to keep writing, to keep searching for a new job, and to continue promoting myself to one day become a full-time writer. What a joy that would be to work for myself and still make enough money to survive and have fun. We should all be so lucky. Remember to face your challenges and never give up!
I have a new eBook that will be released on Monday, October 16. It is available for pre-order and it will download automatically on Monday if you do. It is only $0.99 and includes two versions of one story. The original was first published in 2015 in my collection of short stories, Killers, Monsters, & Madmen. The second version is the story in its entirety. There was a lot of the story cut out for the first publication and now you can read the whole thing. This story will also be included in my forthcoming collection of short fiction titled, Morbid Museum.
There will be other eBook coming throughout the next year leading to the release of the new collection. These will be a series called Dollar Tales from the Morbid Museum. “The Ghosts Inside” is available only on Amazon Kindle. There will be free promotions now and then and I will inform everyone of these free deals. Be sure to find my on social media: @jamespackwriter and tell me what you think of my writing or what you think of me. Please be kind but honest. I will post some of my writing here on my blog as well as all kinds of other things to keep me writing.
You can also find my book of poetry, Pariah Bound: The Lonesome Poetry, in both eBook and Paperback formats. Check back regularly for free promotions and giveaways of this title as well. I also do a little music production which I will be posting something about in the near future. I will be hosting some panels at the Tucson Comic Con in November and I will share more details about that as we get closer to the convention. Let me know if you’ll be there!
There has been a lot going on. I am still transferring my VaudVil website to a new host but things should be back to normal by next week. I have self-published a collection of all my poetry, Pariah Bound: The Lonesome Poetry, which is available for Amazon Kindle and Paperback. I have another eBook coming out on October 16 (a small one), Dollar Tales from the Morbid Museum, in preparation of another collection of short fiction I am working on and I even put out some music for sale though I don’t think many will be interested. It has been a busy couple of weeks but I am always happy to stay busy.
I plan to have more writing on this blog in the near future once I have a few other things finished. It is difficult to write fiction everyday when you also want to write articles everyday. It is all very time consuming with a full time job but I think I will manage. If there is anything you would like to see me write about, please send an email or fill out the contact form. If you would like to write a review on any of my books, please contact me and I will send you a free PDF. I do not have physical copies yet but once I do I can offer those for free as well.