Liam Burke is a horror/sci-fi independent author. He is a father of one, and a husband of another. He currently works in the IT industry, studies Bujinkan Budo-Taijitsu, and enjoys several types of LARP. He has several novellas, which are collections of short stories.
His most recent release is Tom’s Adventure, a faerie tale with illustrations about concepts, and how we shape them.He will be releasing a longer fairy tale with illustrations in the next coming weeks.
Time for the February check in and it looks like…failure. Or it feels like failure. I’m not sure it was, just not…what I was hoping.
Last check in. I wanted to clean up. Yes, and no. I’ve been dealing with hacked bullshit all month. Trying to secure the site, bopping it over the head when it happened again, and addressing the next exposed nerve. Unfortunately, one of the things I was planning to do (spend my best brain power on writing) got co-opted by spending my best brain power on my website.
The other thing a lot of my good, especially creative brain power went to was a large work project that sucked all the creative out of me. But the good news is that it is like 92% done and will be done by the end of March. Woo. It’ll just be uncreative projects after that…? Something along those lines, but I hadn’t realized how much energy that was taking until I put the doneish stamp on it this week and I felt that terror/relief when you send something out into the world. (I hope I’m not the only one who feels terror/relief.)
More visuals! I actually did pretty well at this. Well enough that I got the scary email from Canva saying, Hey! You’re making a lot a lot of pictures. I have been, I’ve also been liking Canva for making them quickly, I don’t want to start spending all my writing time on this, so being able to easily make them is important.
Audio? I did very well, I finished up another story for the Monsters anthology. A handful of podcast episodes done. (I’m very excited to head into Season 2 with some amazing returning authors and wonderful new ones too!)
Writing. 🙁 I just want to leave this as a sad face and call it a loss. Get internet forgiveness and start fresh in March. Speaking of…
Writing. I’m putting it at the top of my list. I really want to get back to Stranded. It’s a fantastic story and it deserves my attention. I’m going to carve out some regular time to work on it and actually put it on my schedule. Turn off distractions and dive into working on it. It’s been easy to push it aside when everything else feels more urgent and pressing, having time actually blocked on my calendar for writing Stranded will help a lot.
Visuals! Keep at it. I’m going to be trying to make sure that all my posts and podcasts for Season 2 have images.
Season 2! Starts the first Friday in April. Prep, plan, get excited! Submit! Listen! Enjoy!
Also working toward more of that fantastic terrelief and need to reach out to my cover artist to start working on the set of covers for the Smoke Jumpers series since the first one of that should be ready in April. I’ll need to get the cover done so when everything is back and ready I can compile and send it out into the world.
First a theory on horror then my own (mild) horror.
Do you like horror?
I expect that you can tell if a person likes horror or not by what happens when they have a benign scare. Like when a person taps you on the shoulder, or comes up behind you, or opens a door, or the like. Not when they are intending to be mean, but when they are just going about their business or trying to politely get your attention.
If that happens and after you jump or scream, you laugh? You like horror.
If that happens and after you jump or scream, you’re not laughing? Don’t like horror.
Anyone have any other information? Contradictions? Which kind of person are you?
I recently had a moment like this when I and another person surprised each other. It was totally unintentional. We both had a panic moment. The other person laughed, I did not. I wonder if you could force this response and if that response would eventually become automatic, and then at that point would you start to enjoy horror?
My site was hacked yesterday, I cleaned it up. Today I took the site entirely offline and started over. There was no malicious code, but I just wanted to make sure everything was clean.
It should be back up and running at full capacity. I have some back end things that aren’t working (and some of the old freestanding audio isn’t uploaded again, so listen to the podcast instead! :))
I’ll keep working on getting the color and look and feel back to what I am aiming for, suggestions welcome!