So if you are reading this, you’ll note a couple of things. For one, my next book is out. For another, the address of the blog has changed. Soon the name will too. I’m working on making this blog a little more towards what I always envisioned when I did interviews.
I’m talking about a podcast. As you’ve noticed reading this blog, my interviews have become more complex and intricate. I like to think I’ve gotten a lot better exposing people to the real human beings that I talk to here. There are a quite a few interviews I’m proud of. Simon Rose, Liana K, Justine Dowsett are among some of my favorites.
But, the thing is, this little tricorder I call a phone can record full conversations and for the last two weeks I’ve been doing just that. Some of biggest, most interesting people I could talk to two for about twenty minutes or so are recorded. Next week I’ll be putting some of them together and start preparing for broadcasting.
That doesn’t mean that I won’t be doing written interviews from time to time. I loved the School of Bitches interview – the interactions a whole comic book creative team make when they come together are awesome. I will still do those kinds of interviews from time to time.
But I enjoy conversations. They are far more interesting than the question and answer periods I’ve been through in the very beginning. I still think there are places for that kind of talk, but I rather deal with real people. They are far more interesting, because I think people have great stories to tell.
Now, will it be a little like this blog in terms of who I talk to? It will be writers, some publishers, and a few other related stuff like graphic novelists. That said, I will hit some of the less connected mediums as well. Illustrators for example. And yes folks, that means at some point I will be talking to Florence Chan about how she killed it on Stormdancer. I will also be talking to musicians, and hopefully things like professional wrestlers as well.
Like I said above, it’s not the genre, but the people that are interesting. We are all once in a lifetime, and I am fortunate some of them will talk about their stories here.
I am hoping for the first podcast to be out by the end of the month. Scott Burtness is my first guest, and we have quite a doozy of a conversation. See why Wisconsin Vampire is nine kinds of awesome, and that Scott is an awesome and amazing guy.
The address change is reminicent to the part that really, this isn’t a fiction for me anymore.
I am becoming slowly more and more recognized. Randy McCharles reviewed my book for Amazon. He didn’t have to; he certainly has better things to do. But I’m being recognized as other professionals as a professional. That means I have to start acting a little more like it.
Michael Through Time though is still special to me. I’m writing the adventures when I have spare time at Wattpad. @jpantalleresco coincidentally is my handle there.
So, to continue the Stormdancer build, I want to talk about my acknowledgements page. This year I did something special here. I didn’t just acknowledge the people who played a part in making my book happen – I acknowledged a lot of people at my day job.
It’s a bit of a dirty secret to say that most writers have day jobs. I’m not any different at this point yet, but I usually don’t talk about it. To me, the day job is just work. That said, I have a lot to be thankful for.
The job paid for my bills and made my life possible to live. I have had the good fortune to meet and work with some amazing people in their own right. So in this page, I thank a handful of them. I look forward to the day I don’t have to work at a day job anymore, but I am grateful with the people I work with and help me get there.
So thank you. My thanks in my book is a small appreciation to you.
But it wasn’t to just current employees, but also past ones as well. I know I didn’t get all of you, but I think I got most of the important ones. To the rest, it’s on me.
Thank you all.
Finally, in anticipation to Stormdancer arriving on October 1st, I once again encourage people to check out my first book, The Watcher right here. Even though you don’t need the Watcher to enjoy Stormdancer, I think the book is still amazing. There is more. There is always more.
Alright, deadlines await. See you in a week in which I talk about how to write a sequel, and what I learned about it. Until then, stay inspired.