Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
Ben Peek
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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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