Despite the negativity I feel about these types of posts, I feel it must be written in order to bridge a significant gap. It usually goes a little something like this: dear readers, I'm so sorry I haven't posted lately, I promise I'll try to make it up to you by posting more regularly…
This is different. This isn't Daniel the Blogger apologizing for not blogging about blog stuff (whatever that may be). This is a restoration of this website (it's not a blog, strictly speaking) after a period of inactivity lasting nearly two years. In fact, I wouldn't even be writing this if I wasn't… wait. I'm getting ahead of myself. Hold that thought. This is about me going after the one big thing that's been rattling around in my head for about 20 years now. I'm climbing my Mount Everest.
I'm a Writer
In the mid-90's I wrote my first novel. Don't go looking; it is, and will remain, unpublished. It's terrible. I'm not just saying that because I'm a self-deprecating kind of guy. It really is awful. But it's done. Someday soon I'll tell the story of how it came about, but for now, it's enough to say that I have written a novel-length work of fiction. That's important.
I'm going to do that again. And again. And again. And a few more times for good measure. I have started writing in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre (Fantasy, to be more specific). The plan is to begin with short stories and flash fiction, then use NaNoWriMo this November to kickstart the first of the new novels.
Why then, am I writing this awful “sorry I haven't written in a while!” post? Part of my foray into the world of writing includes introducing myself to people in that walk of life. When they ask about my website, I can't very well point them to a site where the last real post was made in September, 2010, can I? This post is for the folks in the Writer's Digest forums and other groups who would like to know about me as a writer (while me as a podcaster has been fairly well documented at QAQN—have a gander at your leisure).
From a terrible murder mystery to scathing social awareness essays to a really weird bit of Dragonlance/Star Wars mashup fan fiction… from small town politics to romance to a mafia hitman trying to escape the life… I'll be posting a number of things about me as a writer in the coming days. All of that—directly or indirectly—feeds into what I'm doing now in the Fantasy genre.
Changes to Daniel M. Clark .com
I started this site back in 2002 and it languished for about five years. I installed WordPress in 2007 and tried my hand at blogging, and that lasted about three years because I was a pathetic blogger. DMCDC is being transformed yet again, this time to showcase my writing. I have trashed dozens, perhaps upward of a hundred, old posts—I can hear my affiliate marketing friends screaming “LONG TAIL YOU IDIOT!” at me through their monitors right now. That's okay. This site isn't the blog it used to be. I aim to sell exactly one thing here: me. My own original fiction is taking the spotlight. No more banners, no more buttons, no more ads (though if it makes my AM friends feel any better, I'm keeping all my in-post affiliate links intact and will use in-post affiliate links going forward when it makes sense to do so).
The surviving slate of categories (Affiliate Marketing, Random Ramblings, Tech & Internet, et. al.) will be archived. The posts will still be available, but they'll be effectively buried. Replacing them will be Novels, Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, The Craft of Writing and News & Updates. This isn't a blog anymore, you see. This is a website that happens to run on WordPress. I'm not a blogger. I'm a writer.
And this is my Everest.