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8 Years

The other day, I hit the history of this blog and saw that it had been around for eight years.

I began it originally as a place I could ditch PhD notes while I was working on that, but I quickly lost interest in doing that, mostly due to laziness. It slowly evolved into a promotional, personal tool, and it's probably kept a bit of a narrative to it, with the ups and downs of my writing career. Lately, I've found it a little harder to blog, mostly due to working for cash, and then working for the self (teaching and writing respectively), and there was a year where I just kind of burnt out on the writing scene and the respective politics. I figure, after eight years, I can kinda slack off a bit here and there, but i was thinking the other day about the various projects I've run through, from reviews, interviews, short fiction projects, and a comic. I used to have a plan in my head that once a year I would do something fun, something outside the usual publication system, and I'm surprised to see how I've fallen off from that.

At any rate, I figure I might switch that round a bit. I'm working on a couple of interviews, have an idea for a bit of free fiction (a six week dialogue series, I'm thinking) and I might try a larger little project with all that self publishing stuff I've been reading about. The publishing industry has become, in the last couple of years, increasingly conservative--the natural outcome of the global financial crisis, really, and a lot of avenues for publishing just odd, unspecific works, have closed down. That's no good to me, however--I'm reminded of a conversation I had with Cat Sparks about a year ago, where she said a lot of new writers, a lot of people on the fringe, would have their opportunities taken away due to the market crash and the resulting tip into safe, sure to sell this amount novels released. Certainly, whether you think that publishing has become conservative, I've found it hard to get the things I want moving. It's life, and you either can identify with that, or not, and you can think its good for me, or not, but either way, you know?

So I'm tossing around the idea of doing a little odd project, and the details for that are pretty unspecific as I work through it in my head. It may happen (it probably will), but if you never hear of it again, it's because the urge left me, and that was that.

But!

Eight years!

Fuck, hey?

I should have a montage for all the people who have come and gone, all the fights, all the love, all the fiction, the novels, the publishers, the reviewers, the swear words, the music videos, and the moments where everything just seemed to sweet and nice.

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kathrynlinge
Sep. 9th, 2010 08:25 am (UTC)
A montage would be totally awesome :-)
benpeek
Sep. 9th, 2010 09:18 am (UTC)
i could also show how i learnt karate in the background.
ashamel
Sep. 9th, 2010 10:20 am (UTC)
Seven years here. Bloody hell.
benpeek
Sep. 10th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
makes you wonder what you've done with your life, hey?
ashamel
Sep. 10th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
7670 points.
benpeek
Sep. 10th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
"Ash, are you lagging?"
ashamel
Sep. 10th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
My corpse was in exactly the right location.
benpeek
Sep. 10th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
it often was, it's true.
lyndarama
Sep. 9th, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC)
Montage! Cool. It would be like one of those episodes of 90210 where they gather lots of bits from other episodes and reminisce about it because they can't be bothered writing new material! Sounds awesome.

I may steal this idea for myself.
benpeek
Sep. 10th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
they're my ideas!

and my ideas cost money if you wish to use them.
ataxi
Sep. 9th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the new plans Ben.

It's a pity LJ is dying away. I remember when you seemed to routinely attract 30-40 comments on any given post.
benpeek
Sep. 10th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
yeah, comments are a lot more down these days. i think, in a way, it's due to LJ, but i also think that what i post is a lot different to what i used to. i was a lot more involved in the local scene, for example, and a lot of people came to argue back in the day.

but, you know, the aim is to build it back up, and with any luck we should see a return into those days. or i'll just migrate everything to facebook ;)
lucius_t
Sep. 9th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
Happy eighth blogday.

benpeek
Sep. 10th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
ta.

soon you'll have done it for eight years too, man.
lucius_t
Sep. 10th, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
I don't think so. I prefer blogging, half the people are gone from my blog and I just think it's over. I'm just gonna do Facebook--it's a bette marketing tool.

But Happy 8th....
benpeek
Sep. 10th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
that's a shame, man. i liked your blog, though i've been surprised by how many people are on facebook now....
lucius_t
Sep. 10th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, well. It just seems couner-productive. Hardly anyone reads blogs anymore. Sad but, I'm afraid, true,
(Anonymous)
Sep. 12th, 2010 10:32 am (UTC)
I still visit your blog now and then.

It's true though - I don't read blogs about general life anymore. Rather, I read blogs about a specific interest. I also watch a lot more videos on the net than previously.

A passer by.
benpeek
Sep. 13th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
yeah, it's not surprising. just a change in how people do things, really--the trick is to see how you yourself change with it.

hope you been going wlel, though.
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