I’m excited to share with you something I have half forgotten and half refrained from talking about because well, we’ve all been there as writers when there’s particular early work we’re not quite proud of.
But, at one time, I sure was. There was a time when I thought my fiction was good enough, enough to give it a try and self publish them on the incredibly genius POD platform Blurb.com. Blurb is my favorite domain, and other writers I know swear by it thanks to its easy-to-navigate design software and print process. I gave it a shot, and just like that– I was published.
These short stories and experimental prose from my early days of writing are still for sale on Blurb! When the Fog Clears is a collection of seven full short stories about youth in the SF Bay Area, and Window Shopping, a variety of short and long prose on more of the same. These were works that I worked on in late 2010 and most of 2011 in an unforgiving time in my life. During that time I was out of college to help with my ill grandfather and I had plenty of downtime. These stories, and completed by new ones written once returning to school and the San Francisco cityscape, were often the same ones I read at Sunday night Word Nights thrown by the USF English Department at Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse or The Poet’s Gallery in North Beach. Within these books, with all their awkward syntax and wordiness and even design layout that seems a little bit off, it’s still all a part of what I’ve accomplished as a writer; a reminder that what I love to do I don’t do well and there is still plenty of time ahead– especially in this new year– for me to grow.
If you’re up for the challenge, check out my books here on Blurb! I’ve also included a new page tab at the top of my blog for you all to check out anytime.
I thank my readers for their support and genuine interest. Here’s to hoping my early works don’t scare you away!