I got to tick a few boxes on the “get shit done” list today. Chiefly, the website. Had a great time hanging out with my friend, B. We took the Drupal site down and put up this lovely, minimalist WordPress site. True, it’s not pure minimalist, but it’s a lot less busy (though not as pretty) as the old site. The important part is that it is readable on ALL devices now–which was a huge failing in the old site. Wordpress is also MUCH easier to use for the time that I have to devote to the website. The words being the MOST important part.
This incarnation of RJSpindle.com will be simplified in MANY respects. Primarily, it will be a blog. Once we have a novel finished, it will also be a place to purchase our writing. It will also contain a smattering of free fiction, but things like the commentaries will either be worked into the blog, or vanish altogether. The notes were good for me, but hardly useful to the site.
Mostly, I plan to use the site as a public journal. A way of connecting to readers, the few we have now, and those to come as our writing finally releases. I’m done trying to pull stunts to try and get people to pay attention to us before the writing comes out. Not only do I not have the time, I’m not really finding the people who I want to connect with.
The goal is to find our small community of readers who just latch on to the stories we write as we have latched onto them. The love I have for our stories is the only thing that is keeping me trying at this point. I’m going to do what Amanda Palmer says, and “stop pretending art is hard.” The art isn’t hard. It never has been. It’s life. Life is hard. And really what I want out of life is connection with people. So, if I’m going to try at anything, it is finding that connection. While letting my art happen instead of forcing it.
Speaking of which, I got some fair art done earlier. I did some revising on the novelized version of the “Glitter & Grease” story. The first two volumes are being combined to make the first novel in the series: “Science Fiction Double Feature.” It felt good to get some work done. I might do a little more before hitting the sack.