Thanks to Greta Burroughs for inviting me to join the “My Writing Process” blog tour. If you’re not already familiar with Greta or her husband Robert, get with it, people! Greta writes the delightful Patchy and Calico series, and Robert delves into pulp action with his novels, beginning with Riders in the Wind, an excellent period piece full of Indiana Jones-type thrills! You can find both authors’ work easily on Amazon.com.
Unfortunately, and as usual, I couldn’t find anyone to follow me on this tour thing. You’d think when you do a lot of people a lot of favors at least one of them would try to help you when you need a bit of assistance with something, no matter how lame it may be. But, apparently that’s not the case.
So rather than just toss what I wrote, I decided to post it on my own, with no affiliation with the tour. I have no idea who the hell started it anyway or under what auspices it was running. But please remember that nothing said here should be construed as being supported or endorsed by Greta or Robert Burroughs. They don’t use the word “motherfucker” nearly as much as I do.
(Honestly, I’ve never heard either one of them swear. They’re just way too nice of folks to be hanging with someone like me.)
My Writing Process
What am I working on?
Probably far too many things at once. I swear I have some sort of attention deficit disorder when it comes to writing. First off, I’ve just re-vamped, re-edited and published a print version of my Science Fiction Trivia Quiz Book, along with a new e-book version of it. And I’m finished with a more generalized quiz book, Five Star Trivia, and I’m trying to get the nuances on that one done.
I’ve got a super-hero novel in the works, as I have for the past two years, going back and forth as ideas strike me. It’ll be the first novel of a trilogy. And it will never be finished. I think that’s pretty obvious.
I’m also working on a couple of science fiction concepts, included a very eschatological one that uses the legendary Shaver Mystery as a major plot point. I’m also got the seeds for a short story collection based on the works of the dinosaur metal band Blue Oyster Cult in my head.
There’s also a compendium of facts about obscure old-time radio shows, and one on old comic book characters in the works.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Well, my quiz books are not the easy, multiple choice stuff that reuses the same questions and answers that everyone else does. I try to put a little thought into my questions, to make them both interesting and something you have to think about a bit. I always hope that they might inspire folks to check into some of the myriad topics I write them on.
My fiction tends to be a bit on the bizarro side, and usually quite pulpy and sci-fi laden. It’s not going to win any awards, but I hope it’ll use up a few minutes or hours for someone who reads it and they won’t wish they had those few minutes or hours back afterwards.
Why do I write what I do?
For the babes and the bucks. Seriously, I just do it because 1) it’s fun, 2) it keeps me off the street, and 3) I like showing people there are things out there beyond the pap that is being fed to them. If a question on the Mothers of Invention gets one person listening to Frank Zappa, then I’m a bigger success than Stephen King.
How does my writing process work?
I have no idea. Honestly, most of my really cool ideas come from dreams, at least for my fiction, and evil twists I think of when thinking of normal situations. If it sounds cool, I’ll write it down and hope for the best.
Reading what I wrote last week … boy, that’s kinda lame. I was trying to keep it pretty nice and neat, since Greta and Bob are nice folks and I’d hate to embarrass them. But since I’m writing this for me now and no one else, fuck it.
If you’ve got the time to worry about some “process” for your writing, you’ve got singularly weird priorities. Just fucking write, for fuck’s sake. I get distracted so easy by everything and its brother that I couldn’t follow any asshat process if I tried. It’s just one more level of pomposity and snobbishness that a lot of “writers” like to layer on themselves so the angle they look down their noses upon other non-authors is a lot more acute.
Here’s the goddamn process:
- Sit down.
- Think of an idea.
- When you come to a point where you can’t think of something else, take a break.
- Repeat as necessary.
Is that so hard?
Who’s up next?
No one. It ends here like Walking Dead should have with first season. As I said before, nobody could find the time to help me with this, and I end up looking like an ass. I had the Burroughses’ drop me from their list, since couldn’t properly reciprocate and fulfill my end of the bargain.
Oh, and by the way, if you are an indie author, never EVER ask me again:
- To join a blog hop or blog tour or whatever the fuck you want to call it.
- If you want my opinion about whatever sort of suspected fraudulent endeavor you’ve happened upon, either read my blog or IU and hope it’s there or just click away! In fact, that’s probably the best thing you can do! It is survival of the fucking fittest in the indie world, people. And if you can’t hack it, it’s probably best if you get sheared down by the Reaper early. Please feel free to send your book to PublishAmerica and AuthorSolutions. I hear they’re just the ginchiest and do wonders for beginning authors!
- For any help for any project you may be doing unless you are either paying or you are a VERY good friend. Already had to deal with one certifiable weasel on that account. Ho-ho-ho!
And here’s the promotional bullshit you expect with this kinda crap. Sorry. I know it’s pointless and no one ever clicks on this junk, but I’d already written this all out, and I don’t think I’ve actually promoted anything I’ve done since starting this new blog:
Rich Meyer has written more than thirty e-books, several print books (so far), a couple of short stories, a lot of flash fiction, and is preparing a lot of things that he hopes he won’t procrastinate too long about.
Rich is a regular contributor to the self-publishing blog Indies Unlimited, as well as his own blog of reviews and strangeness. He is a volunteer for the Old Time Radio Researchers Group, and the single proudest moment of his life was getting his artwork published as part of the limited edition Charlton Arrow Trading Cards series.
Rich also runs Quantum Formatting Service, which provides independent and self-published authors with an affordable alternative for print and e-book formatting.
Rich lives with his wife Mona and a plethora of furry children in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, which is to the real world what Tatooine was to Luke Skywalker.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rich.meyer
Quantum Formatting Service: http://quantumformatting.weebly.com ($40 formatting for e-books or print books)
Amazon US page: http://www.amazon.com/Rich-Meyer/e/B004HV1GTM
Amazon UK page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rich-Meyer/e/B004HV1GTM