The Objectives of the Talking Pulp Press Newsletter
How I See It Evolving & the Sad State of Modern Entertainment
The main objective of this newsletter should be pretty clear. It was initially setup up to chronicle the creative process of the Barbarians of the Storm book series. However, it’s also a place to announce and promote other projects that I’d like to see come out under the Talking Pulp Press banner.
The chronicling of the creative process serves two purposes:
For those who like the books, this is a place where they can see how it all comes together. A sort of “director’s commentary” or special features section similar to what real cinephiles love on their Criterion Collection DVDs and Blu-rays. While the numbers of those who have bought the first book isn’t many, I obviously hope that it grows in the future through creating a steady presence, fan engagement, and future books.
It also helps me as I create. I like journaling about the process, where I am with it, and having a sort of timeline to read through, as it helps me become better at what I do. Especially, in regards to time management and planning, as well as understanding how my creative brain works best. I can see my hiccups and failures and learn from them and with them being chronicled, they’re impossible to forget.
However, I also think that this can help other writers, whether they’re already published (traditionally or independently) or they’re aspiring to be novelists or storytellers of some sort.
I’m not going to pretend that I’m the world’s greatest expert on anything, but I’ve been writing my entire life and have had some pretty successful blogs in the past, as well as having five books published, up to this point.
I think that by showing what I’m going through, creatively, on a regular basis, may help other writers when they also feel overwhelmed or stuck in a rut. Frankly, I prefer a world where we’re all helping each other out and offering support because sometimes we all forget that other people run into creative roadblocks and difficult challenges. If exposing my faults and how I’m working to overcome them helps someone else find some comfort or clarity, getting them over a difficult mountain, then I think it’s worth it.
In my time, I’ve also ran into other authors who made it big and who didn’t seem to care too much about being helpful to fans that wanted to follow in their footsteps. While I don’t think it’s realistic to think that I’ll ever be some sort of novelist superstar, I’ve had fans of other things I’ve done creatively, in the past. I never want to take fans of any of my work for granted because seeing someone enjoy something you’ve created is a pretty awesome experience that I find inspiration in. I write what I want to write for myself, but if it somehow connects with another human being, that’s a really cool thing and it’s always motivated me.
The thing is, this specific journey is still incredibly new, and it’s hard to tell where it could go. The feedback I’ve gotten from people who have read the book, has been overwhelmingly positive, and I think it’s a good, fun story. Otherwise, I would’ve never put it out. I’ve also taken the constructive criticisms into account, which will help me get better in the future.
I guess I’m also writing this from the place of someone who has seen major franchises and very big creators turn on their fanbases and simply dismiss them as “toxic”. All that does is push people away. I only hope that those “toxic” fans find what they’re looking for elsewhere, whether that’s in my work or someone else’s. Hell, I think more people should actually create the things they want. That’s exactly what I did with Dan the Destructor.
This became a bit of a tangent, but we can all build something better together. Entertainment really sucks now and if people feel like they have to turn to themselves to keep art and great stories alive, then that’s exactly what they should do.
In the end, I love passionate creators and seeing what their passion is capable of creating.