March 1st 2018 Update

Author: Matthew I. Wanner

This month has been the beginning of my efforts to build a platform. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how to proceed as an author and how to turn this dream of mine into a reality. My first step has been to start posting more regularly here, on my blog. I have a habit of keeping to myself and just working on my projects, occasionally goofing off. My ability to interact with the public is lacking, but something I’m committed to improving. I tend towards bluntness and honesty. I don’t know exactly where to draw the line between my personal life and my professional life, so I’m not going to make a strong effort to try.

I know that I have basically no readership right now, but I will always be upfront here and my personal life will be on display from time to time. I don’t worry about this. I’m not going to hide those parts of me that are unpleasant because I don’t feel like it would be fair to and I don’t really know how to anyway. I also don’t feel it would be fair to try to get to know my readers if I don’t let them get to know me. Anyone that reads my work is important to me, even the ones that don’t like it. This blog, more than anything else, is here to help us connect.

I got a good ways into my first draft, but I’ve fallen a little behind. I have some money problems right now; I eternally do. They have stressed me out, and I have fallen behind, but I plan to have my first draft done by April.

My start in The Hero with a Thousand Faces has been slower than I would like. As I have mentioned elsewhere, I underestimated the amount of time it would take me to dig into this wonderful, dense, book.

I am working on building a Patreon, but I’m not close to launching it yet. To be honest, the entire prospect is utterly terrifying, but it seems like the next logical step to building a community. I have most of the rewards figured out, at least temporarily. I hope that the Patreon will become a place to build a community of individuals that enjoy stories and their telling. Storytelling, to me, is one of the most important parts of being human and one of the most powerful tools for bringing people together.

The future is a terrifying place, but I’m stepping into it. I hope that more of you will join me on my adventures into it and all the trials and tribulations that come with it. I am just getting started, and this update is, I hope, one of many to come.

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