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May 14

First New Post In Months!

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in Explanations and Excuses

Look at the date of this post. Now, look at the date of the post before it. See that lag time? That’s too fucking long. You can’t have a credible and popular blog site if you start having lag times between posts that are a month or more.

But that’s what’s started happening here at my Little Corner of the Universe.

Now, you gotta understand – the lag didn’t happen because I’ve lost enthusiasm for this particular aspect of my writing “portfolio”. Au contraire – I have ideas for posts all the time; I’m constantly thinking about writing material for you guys, my audience, the loves of my life. For instance: I have another couple of installments of A War Between States. I want to review several book offerings from my friends Collin Kelley, Jay Magidson, and Elaine Burroughs. I have heretofore unvoiced opinions on several games, several movies, and several beers. And don’t get me started on this Benghazi nonsense and Congress voting to end the 40-hour work week.

Truth be told, I don’t actually even lack new material. You can visit other places around the Web and see my presence there. Check out Scribd.com for some free story samples I posted which somehow became VERY popular. I also have a Facebook page for my novel at https://www.facebook.com/TheSurvivorOfSanGuillermo, as well as a web site for the same book. And I’m on Goodreads and Fictionaut.

Nah. The reason I’ve slacked on this web site for a couple of months is threefold, and has nothing to do with enthusiasm or lack of material.

First reason is obvious, if you know me: I don’t have enough time. Writing new material is time consuming, and I’m generating A LOT of new material these days, just not for this site. My novel, The Survivor of San Guillermo, is on the verge of getting published, and I have to work on editing it hard to make sure that happens. I also designed a board game based on a hot intellectual property, and it’s fairly text intensive. A major game publisher has agreed to take it on – IF we can score the license. Finally, fortune dictates that the economy is picking up a bit, so I have client work for the first time in months. When I started this web site about four years ago, my client work was dying off, San Guillermo was in a slough, and the board game was just an idea I had. Now, things are different. And though this web site’s content has suffered, I believe all these other changes are good.

That’s just the writing-related stuff which occupies my time. There’s also the work on my house, getting it ready to sell, and there’s dealing with the kids – they’re at an age where they require a lot of attention and help.

My next reason for not updating The Little Corner is that staying up to date with my Internet presence takes a toll. These days, unless you’re lucky – which I’m not – you have to maintain an almost constant presence on social media and among your target audience. Part of that IS this site, but it’s also Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and all those other places where you can find me. It’s called “micro-blogging” and I’m fairly proficient at it. But it takes time and energy.

The MAIN reason, though, that I’ve slacked with The Little Corner is way more complicated: it’s because my Wordpress overlay is out of date and I want to update it, but I’m scared to. My hosting service assures me that everything I’ve written is backed up on databases somewhere, and my web savvy friends say chances are updating the Wordpress on my site probably won’t cause any problems. But I’m not so sure. Shit’s never that easy. I have this sinking feeling that when I update Wordpress, it will create all sorts of compatibility issues, and that all that data simply won’t be readable. I envision the site coming out looking like a Microsoft Word doc that’s been opened in an incompatible word processing software – the words will be there, but so will a mish mash of odd symbols and wing dings. Things will become a jumbled mess. And I’m fairly certain several pictures will be lost.

Or not. But I’d wager on 50/50 odds.

“Well, Will,” you say. “Why don’t you just do a back-up of all your content on an external hard drive or something? Then you know you’ll still have it all.” To that I say YES!!! I believe I will! But… backing up four years of posts on a hard drive takes what, ladies and gentlemen? That’s right… time. And it’s tedious, repetitive work.

So… enough with the excuses about why my web site has been inactive. Instead, here’s where I make a transition and tell you about an exciting plan that stems from all this, and then invite you all to come back regularly to see how far my plan has gotten.

Should the Wordpress update in fact really erase my data or render it unreadable, or even if it doesn’t, I think I’m going to use the back-up as an opportunity to review and reboot my content. Here’s the thing: I have over FOUR years of material I’ve written for this site, and some of it is really great stuff. Also, over the years my audience has grown, and a lot of you simply haven’t seen some of the fantastically genius posts that appeared on The Little Corner a couple of years ago. It’s there – you can go looking right now if you want to. But with a reboot, I can bring it to the fore again, and you won’t have to work so hard.

For “old-timers”, it’ll be like visiting friends you haven’t seen in a while. You’ll be able to sit back and say, “Oh yeah. I remember that nonsense. Will Kenyon is a big dork.”

Of course I’ll write new posts, but by reusing some older ones, some of the pressure I put on myself every week to “write something” will be lifted. I see it as a win-win for all of us.

I’ll likely start the back-up next week. When THAT’S done, I’ll install the Wordpress update. Then we shall see.

Keep coming back. Don’t miss anything. M’kay?

Nov 9

Where You Can Find Me Now

Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 in Featured Friends of Will, Writing and Writers

Right now, physically, I’m in my house, perched at the end of my dining room table, hovering over my laptop. (My wife wishes I’d take it upstairs to my office, but my desk is all messy and I’d have to move stuff off of it to make room.) Mentally, I’m INSIDE my laptop, writing this post. I’m also in downtown Atlanta, where a scene from a new story is unfolding in the back of my mind.

Here on the Internet, though? Well, I’m in a lot of places. More and more, in fact. You can Google me and see that, I think….

I’ve had this site now for a couple of years, and its readership has been steady and growing the whole time. You’re here now, and that’s what I’m talking about.

I’ve also been on Twitter for a while, although I’m not as prolific as some Tweeters, because I don’t use software to post for me when I’m not at the computer, I try not to be all spammy, and I don’t ever schedule what I’m going to say. The way I do it is much more organic and personal. What you see me post is really what I’m thinking about or doing. Right at that moment. If you’re interested, follow me @williamkenyon.

I also have a number of Facebook friends, and I still use Facebook even with all the recent frustrating updates. The difference for me there is that currently my Facebook friends are people I ACTUALLY KNOW. That may change in the future, especially if I get a big enough head to set up a fan page. In the meantime, if you know me and we’re not friends on Facebook, and you’re interested in hearing from me daily, then friend me.

I also recently joined Google+ to see what that’s like, and it put me in touch with a few friends of mine who aren’t on Facebook. It also put me in a position to know what Wil Wheaton was doing ever second of the day. Otherwise, though, I use it the same as Facebook.

In the wake of my recent publications, I’m trying out some other social media outlets. If you’re interested and/or if you’re on them already, then please hook up with me there.

First, I’m now officially a Goodreads author. That’s www.goodreads.com. On Goodreads, you can rate pretty much every book you’ve ever read (including my stories), see how other people rate those same books, get recommendations for things you might want to read, and actually have discussions about books. The site is a Godsend for people who like fiction. And I knew I was right at home when I saw how universally despised Silas Marner was. What were the curriculum people thinking when they made that required reading for any class?

Also, I’ve joined the Kindleboards at http://www.kindleboards.com/. All I’ve done there is introduce myself, and there’s A LOT going on there - a lot to process, sieve, and sort out. I think it’s going to be a struggle to rise above the noise there, but I have a few ideas…. And if YOU’RE there checking out what I post and say, we can keep my posts at the top of the heap. So, if you have a Kindle, let’s hook up.

And finally, as of right now, I’m occupying space on a couple of other people’s sites. At http://badgrrls.com/blog/?p=111&fb_source=message, there’s not much about me or by me that you can’t get here at willkenyon.com or by buying my stories. But since the people behind that site and I are like-minded, you might be interested in some of their stuff.

Over at http://collinkelley.blogspot.com/2011/11/five-questions-for-will-kenyon.html, Collin took some time to pick my brain, finding out the why and wherefore of what I do/what I did/what I’m doing. We had to pare it down because I rambled, but there’s a lot there. And beyond that, Collin himself has a lot to say and offer. You might be interested in that.

So that’s me. For now. I’m still perched at the end of the dining room table, but the refrigerator’s only about seven feet away. And there’s some beer inside….