This is my very first blog; and that says a lot. I’m not a real social kind of person. Before I self-published my books online, I pretty much stayed off social media. You see, I’m a professional computer programmer. That is, computer programming is how I make my living. I don’t particularly like it or dislike it. I just happen to be good at it and that’s what I’ve done throughout my career. I used to just be a computer programmer, because I used to love doing it — and I made money at it — which was nice. Now I’m just a professional.
I am also a writer. Not a professional writer, mind you. This is not how I make my living (I wish). I just love to write; always have. I’ve written a bunch of small stuff that never got published, but I didn’t care. I still wrote. Then one day, I got this idea for a novel. I ended up calling it A Gathering of Lions and Lambs. It started flowing out of me and I got it all down on paper (or computer screen) as fast as I could. I paid no attention to the number of chapters or words. When I finally wrote my last sentence, I sat back and took a deep breath. It was 293,000 words long.
I panicked. I had never done anything like that before. And I knew it would never be published. Only a select few writers can get away with publishing a book that long. So I started editing and got it down to a slender 212,000 words. Arrgghh, still too long!. I decided I had enough material to make two books. That’s what I did. Now I have A Gathering of Lions and Lambs published and I’m editing the second book. I also know what the third book will be. It’s kind of cool.
Said all that to say this. Now that I’ve published a couple of books, I have to be more sociable. Do a blog, have a website, and, yes, even have a Facebook page. That’s okay, I can behave when I try. I do like to watch people and comment on how they act. I’ll be doing that in my following posts.