Hello reader, and thanks for checking out the site! I'm your host and author, Robert H. Langan. I'll be posting here from time to time to update you about what I'm up to and the state of the series.
Since we're a week away from the launch (God willing), I thought I'd use this space at first to document the 11th-hour battles that I'm fighting to publish my first book. Not the typical blow-by-blow tutorial of how to survive the Amazon machine and all that. Plenty of that stuff out there. Instead I'd rather give you my, let's say... introspection in this final week and beyond, as I achieve the first tangible step in something I've been working towards for way, way too long.
Even if things fail disastrously from here on out--say, the book is so bad that it causes kindles to crash, the only people who review it are Russian Troll farm temps, and then I get sued for copyright infringement, so forth--I figure someone, somewhere out there--an aspiring writer, perhaps--might be interested in a firsthand, raw account of what to do in this situation, as well as what not to do. I assuredly can offer much for the second column.
Normally I'd never write something about myself like this. I would find it boring at best, narcissistic at worst. I've never liked keeping journals. Back in sixth grade, our teacher would read us Harry Potter every afternoon. This was around 2000 or so, when the series was getting very popular here in the States. One afternoon, our teacher read a transcript of a Q&A with kids JK Rowling did on Scholastic's website. Someone asked her if she liked keeping a diary. Here's what she said, right from Scholastic's archives:
Do you now or have you in the past kept a journal? If so, do you believe that it helps in your writing?
I've never managed to keep a journal longer than two weeks. I get bored with my life. I prefer inventing things.
If JK Rowling's life is boring, how can I pretend I'm not?
(Those afternoon reading sessions also left a deep impression on me because they affirmed that this is what I wanted to do with my life. To write is to raise your voice well beyond what you can really say or do in your real life, right? So why bother with writing about my boring, real life. No one gives a toss--I certainly don't!)
But the pity is, to get the world or you, dear reader, to think this series might be worth their time, I have to show you that I bring something different to the table too. I hate selling myself--I hate the phoniness of it. But I can try and give you something honest and real. That's what I endeavor to do with this space.
Anyways, it's morning here and I haven't slept--nothing new there, I can promise you--so before I begin to struggle through the day, let me leave with you with a parting music video, something that I think perfectly encapsulates my determination to finish the final leg of this adventure.
Oh. Huh... That doesn't sound quite right. Well, it's a good omen, I'm sure.