Very soon, this blog will be no more. As you read this, I'm
in the process of moving my web presence to jmperkins.com (which strugglingwordguy.com
will redirect to when it’s finished). There will be an archive of old posts
imported over, but I want to change the essence of my web presence.
I have a lot of nostalgia for struggling word guy.I've been posting thoughts, pictures, and
links here for over eight years. It never really had much of an audience
(barring my post about House of Leaves) but it's been the record of my writing
life for almost a decade as I flailed and meandered and published and learned.
When I began, ‘Struggling Word Guy’ was the most honest way I could express my
feelings about my relationship with writing.
But I've outgrown it.
I've received great advice from friends and colleagues over
the years that the site might be sending the wrong message, and -until now- I haven't really been
able to hear and accept that advice. So sorry Jax, Ben, and all the others; would
that I could have listened to you sooner. But everything happens when you’re
ready, and up until now I wasn’t ready.
On the most basic level, I am no longer struggling. I've
little doubt that I will continue to develop and improve in the coming decades
of my writing career, but 'struggling' denotes conflict and woeful tribulation
where I don't feel it any anymore. I've earned a few (metaphoric) scars, know
my way around publishing and fiction from a couple different angles, and while
I've little doubt that life will continue to surprise me; a 'struggle' is
inaccurate to describe how I want to approach my writing life.
On a more personal note, I've grown embarrassed by some of the aspects of this site, mortified by all the
ways I've failed to live up to my professional standards.Note: for me, acting as a 'professional' in
no way implies being wholly error free or essentially humorless. But if I'm
serious about my desire to make more money with my word stacking and related endeavors
(and I am serious) then I must be equally serious in producing work that is of
the caliber you'd expect from any working writer.
To expand a bit, I recently wrote out a 'career' plan for my
writing and finished rereading Booklife
(which, if you're a writer or
any flavor of creative, I highly recommend). Both exercises have helped me clarify
my thinking about what I really want and how I'm going to go about getting it.
Reworking my website, and ensuring that everything I make public is
something I would be proud to share, are the first two important steps.
Along with my blogging, I'm also recommitting to
Actionhorror.com as my effort to be part of a conversation about a subgenre I
adore.Additionally, I’m beginning a new
podcast/video series 'Story Time with J.M. Perkins' to give fans of my work
another way to subscribe and share, and provide opportunity for others to
discover my writing. I'll add links when it is live.
There are still parts of my creative life that don't fit into
my 'master' plan. The John vs Patrick podcast I do with my friend is
aggressively juvenile, haphazardly posted, and is about as 'off message' as I
could go short of deliberately trolling.But being 'serious about writing' doesn't mean that I have to know how
each bit of what I do fits with every other piece, or that I can't have fun
with my friend and post the results.
So: J.M. Perkins -Struggling Word Guy- is dead. Long live
J.M. Perkins: word guy.