As I write this, I’m listening to a podcast about the history of Philosophy. To my right is a laptop, with which I discharge the duties of my day job. By day, I’m a Program Manager and a Systems Administrator (“Get your Master’s degree”, they said. “In Computer Science,” they said.). I am responsible for 32 employees and hundreds of servers. Yes, I’m drunk with power.
A few years ago, I bought a used 27″ iMac, from a video editor who had just upgraded his setup. That’s what I use for 90% of my passion work. That’s what I’m using right now to write this. It’s a fantastic tool for audio editing, too. And I do a lot of audio editing.
That’s because I do a lot of podcasting. So it’s no coincidence that I met Rekka though one of my other endeavors, which is centered around a long-running nutrition podcast.
Early on, she mentioned that she was working on her masterpiece, genre-bending, steampunk, space-opera, sci-fi, fantasy story, the first book of which is Flotsam. Rekka’s a designer, so I asked her for some help with some design stuff. And then I asked her if she’d be more willing to help out in other ways, and she said she would.
Then, one day, I mentioned to her that, for a brief period of months, several years ago, I attempted a writing podcast called The Indie Author Podcast. It didn’t last long, because I wasn’t prepared for all of the things that are involved in making a podcast successful. So I stopped it.
But there was this voice, nagging in the back of my mind, that would regularly whisper that I should restart that podcast. Or something like it.
But I ignored that voice.
Let me back up, just a second. Around the same time as this short-lived podcast, I started writing again. I wrote a lot. Every day. I was writing 5000 words per day, many days per week. But I never wrote less than 1000 words per day.
I wrote what I wanted. Humor, absurdist satire, urban fantasy, western fantasy, superheroes, horror, romance, Christian (yes…I’m one of THOSE people), and multiple variations of all those genres. If I had an idea, I wrote. I got my undergad degree in English, so I’ve always written. But this was a very exciting time for me.
I was creative and I enjoyed it.
I was also severely depressed.
So writing started as a creative outlet, but it devolved into a very dark expression of some pretty deep emotional difficulties. And then I got resentful about the whole thing. And then my creativity dried up. And then I stopped.
At the time, I didn’t know I was depressed. So when I stopped writing, I didn’t really think much about it.
Fast forward to now. And Rekka has shared with me her excitement about being published.
I’ve never really cared about getting published, as is clear by the fact that I didn’t even try to self-publish the stuff I had written. That’s not to say that I didn’t want to have my stuff available for others to read. I just didn’t consider it worth the time to publish it myself, and I didn’t care about a publisher accepting it.
But I still had that nagging part of me telling me that I need to write again.
So I figured I’d give it a go.
And thus resulted the Hybrid Author Podcast. I’m picking up my proverbial pen and I’m tackling the fiction game, again. Of course, I also write a lot of non-fiction, too…that’s a different story (get it). For me, this is going to be a way to be creative, be accountable, and have some fun. If you follow what we’re doing, you’ll get to watch me finish stuff, publish stuff, and figure out how to make money by writing. I write genre fiction. And I write under several pen names. And I’m sure Rekka and I will talk all about that.
Now, keep in mind…I have a family and a full-time job. I’m also building a small business (that’s a full-time job, too) and will be working on my Master’s degree (yes, my second one) in Applied Nutrition. So I have a lot on my plate. So…if I can find time to write, even a little, so can you.