Constructing My Parachute On The Way Down

It has begun.

What has begun?

The period of time whereupon my wife has left her job and will be a stay-at-home mother to our darling little wolverine tornado, B-Dub, and where I am the sole provider for the family.

This is awesome.

I do not say that snarkily. I say that with great oomphing trumpets. My chest is puffed out. My victorious plumage is on colorful display. My cloaca is flush with turgid triumph.

This is awesome.

It is awesome in the colloquial sense, as in, “This is great.”

It is also awesome in the proper sense of the word: awesome like a tsunami, like one’s imagined God, like a meteor made of flaming lions and electric guitars.

And in that proper sense, it is also terrifying.

Writing’s been good to me. But it’s not a job with a steady paycheck. It’s not universally considered to be a reliable, easy career. Again: it’s been good to me. I’ve little cause to worry at this stage in the game. But writers, as the saying goes, must be sharks. We gotta swim forward –

Or we drown.

As such, this is where I turn to you and I ask for your help.

I’m not looking for charity. We’re financially comfortable — “comfortable” in the sense we can pay all our bills without complaint, but also “comfortable” in the sense that one small tragedy could cut our legs out from under us — but really, we’re solid. Just the same, I need to keep doing this to survive, and keeping on keeping as a writer-type means having an audience there willing to catch me when I, well, make jumps like this one.

And catching me means a couple different things.

It means buying my books, for one. I just put up a bundle yesterday where you can get all my six author-published writing books for a mere ten bucks until the end of November.

Maybe you’d dig a woman who can see how you’re going to die just by touching them.

Or maybe you got a hankering for a corn-swept dystopian future full of adventure and turmoil and teenage tragedy.

Could be you’d like to read a story about a dude punching his way through the Secret Hell beneath the streets of Manhattan in search of his traitorous daughter.

Might be instead that you’d like to read about a teen girl going up against the institutionalized bullies of her town and trying to take down a dog-fighting ring.

Plus, you know, all those other writing books.

Point is: hey, options.

Now, I recognize that not everybody is flush with the kind of disposable cash that makes procuring entertainment easy or palatable, and that’s okay, too. In that case, I’d simply appreciate it if you told some folks about my books. Spread the word, as it were. Maybe write a review if you’ve read something of mine in the past. Anything to lubricate that whole “word-of-mouth” thing a little bit.

All this goes to helping keep me solvent as a writer. It helps pay bills and put food in the mouth of the toddler. And it helps keep this website around — as the site has grown, its hosting bills have grown with it, and these days it costs a pretty penny to keep her running.

I appreciate it.

Thanks for helping me stitch together the parachute as I plummet.

*shrieks in victory as I fall through someone’s barn*


  • Greetings Chuck!

    I’ve just recently “discovered” you and your blog. Please do forgive my tardiness to the party, as I can clearly see by your awesomeness that the error was entirely on my part, and was by no means a fault of your own. I plan to pick up the NaNoWriMo bundle this weekend and also look forward to delving into some of that delicious-looking fiction after this whole NaNoWriMo thing blows over and I once again have time to read (and perhaps breathe). Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for existing and that I plan to be a supporter so you can throw a couple more stitches into that parachute of yours. No really, go ahead, this one’s on me.


    Future Reader Guy (hmmm…somehow that makes me sound psychic)

  • What is in demand for writing? I worked for forty five years in manufacturing, QC, and other countless jobs, so for me finding what is in demand is I think easier than trying to make what I concoct sellable.

    • Non-fiction writing can work that way, sometimes, though often you will find that what was in demand when you were working on your outline suddenly isn’t. But fiction writing…. good luck with that, except in the most general sense. Though I hear zombies are popular. (I think Chuck noticed.) ;)

  • I have done some fiction on the idea of Stephen King. Are there any agents that specialize in certain genres? I’m probably looking for the easy way out. I am open to ideas, but I think the answer is to write as much as possible. I agree with the “zombie” comment.

  • Is there a particular way it benefits you most for me to buy? (F’r ex, I’d like a hardcopy of Under the Empyrean Sky; does it help you particularly if I get it through a link you have to Amazon vs ordering it at me local bookstore?)

  • Ok Chuck a few things: First, I got the bundle again on amazon and gifted them away because seriously its what we do. Second in 250 ways you mention taking the character out for a spin. Try them on a blog post etc etc. Well one of my characters hijacked a blogpost and WTF? Now I’m being stalked. I’m looking squarely at you Chuck! Its obvious she was looking over my shoulder as I read your book.

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