Today, I talked to Hollywood.  Twice.

It’s strange.  I never imagined that I’d be involved in this sort of business.  Probably because I never really gave it much thought.  I was so busy trying to get published, I never even bothered fantasizing about where it might go when I finally was.  Yes, for an imaginative guy, I tend not to day dream about my own future.  The future is too difficult to predict.  So I didn’t bother.  I still don’t.  I just take it a day at a time.

And today, Hollywood.  Not even my first Hollywood phone call.  I’ve had several on various projects.  None of which I am at liberty to discuss in detail, but that is still very cool.  And it still surprises me.  In my last silly little post, I bemoaned the fact that I don’t get taken seriously, but that’s ridiculous.  I get paid to write.  I have fans.  I am respected and admired by a surprising number of people.  Beloved by many, adored by a precious few, and liked by more people than I have any Terran has reason to expect.

So if I sometimes complain that I’m not getting enough respect as an artist, it’s patently absurd.  Feel free to ignore it.  I’d like to say it won’t happen, but it will.  I’m human (for now).  I get annoyed, even when I know better.

Fighting the good fight, Writing the good write,


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  1. Sally
    Posted April 9, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    You know I both love and adore you. 😉

  2. Rippley
    Posted April 9, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    I respect you. You write stories about gods, monsters and aliens. I buy your books. I force my friends to buy your books. I fill out request forms for the public libraries in my area to carry your books. I concoct reasons for professors to use your books in creative writing and rhetoric classes. You’ve been read by at least 200 college students based on my proposal.

    Don’t freak out!

  3. Novellaray
    Posted April 9, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    You have more respect from me than anyone else. Any other author I’ve read. I’ve written for many years, but I don’t have that ‘elegant purple prose’. You know, the sun is red and tasting umm…sunsets and…whatever. So, I always thought I could never write for real. It wasn’t until going into Hastings one day looking desperately for a baby book that I spotted Monster. The yellow was alarming, stood out. The design was simple, so even though I juggled my babe in one hand, I picked up your book.

    I bought it and the rest is history. I’ve now joined that fun ‘rat race’ of trying to get published. I’ve even saved up to find an editor. I may never get published, but I don’t care. (Well I do) If it wasn’t for your yellow blaring book, I’d have a clean house and a so-so life. Now my house is a mess and my life feels fulfilled.

    You may not go down with the greats of Shakespeare or Hemingway, but you’ve inspired me with your awesome style of writing like no one ever could.

    Now if I can just resist self-publishing like you said in your earlier posts. But geez, it’s like being on a diet successfully for two weeks and someone invites you to a free all-you-can-eat ice cream party. Ugh!

  4. John
    Posted April 10, 2010 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    You’re a badass and you know it. I will never write the way you do, but I’d be lucky to do so. Thousands love your books and when they are translated into different kinds of media, your fans will number in the millions. Enjoy the ride. (I thought this sounded like something you’d write in someone’s yearbook.)

  5. Zovesta
    Posted April 20, 2010 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    Yes indeed, dude. Can’t say much else. I feel like one of those crummy deviantart reviewers who just say “nice” and leave. But, then again, I am that example.

    My sister is enjoying your work, too. Read Too Many Curses after I mentioned there was a skeleton in it (and a kobold – she likes those alright as well), and she’s reading Gil’s All Fright Diner. So, I have to ask you: one fan, two fans, three hundred thousand fans…what’s the difference (besides the paycheck, I suppose)? Bottom line: someone likes your work.

    But I guess I’m not helping. Hope you have a good one.

  6. Posted September 19, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    Your work is excellent and recognized and appreciated by many people already. As a writer, I is hard to sometimes gauge your success and whether you reach people. Once you have a few fans, you want more or it doesn’t feel like you’ve really made it. Definitely work that involves patience and keeping at it as your fan base and popularity continue to build.

  7. Posted September 9, 2012 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    For me respect is the gift that I could give. I respected you. It is not too late yet. You change what you wanted to be change. We are not perfect. We have our limitations. Still be confident to your self.

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