It’s been seventeen days, five thousand or so miles, three airports, three hotels, two planes, one car rental, and we are finally with family in California.

Flying across the Pacific Ocean with my wife, a seven-month-old baby, and our dog has been a challenge. Living out of suitcases and sleeping in airport lounges has been an experience and even after seventeen days, our journey is far from over.

Everything we own that we didn’t carry with us is making the slow trip across the Pacific by container ship and will not arrive until the end of next month. That means we are living in a new place with minimal furnishing.

It’s enlightening how one can accomplish day to day tasks with limited supplies and how much we take the simple things for granted.

Expect intermittent sporadic transmissions in the coming months.

Rethinking the Blog

I’m sitting here at my favorite bar in Yokosuka Japan enjoying a cigar and dark beer reflecting on the past five years of blogging. I begun blogging early on when I first decided to take writing seriously.

When I started Barbarian Book Club my goal was to use this space to document my writing process and to make it a hub for promoting my writing. In the past few years due to this place and social media I’ve grown as a writer and also developed numerous professional connections in the independent world of writing.

But, honestly I’ve used this place as an extension of my social media, almost as a long-form version of Twitter.

Yet the biggest undercurrent of development in my growth as a writer has been in the scope of the politic. The more I’ve delved into the culture of the creative the more I’ve realized that all art is strictly in the philosophical and the political. Every act of art is political and cultural because culture is anchored in the political. Culture does not exist independent of politics, because culture is intertwined and reflects the philosophy of the creator.

Accepting the above fact means that I’m no longer going to shy away from using this medium to discuss my philosophical and political observations. Views that have matured and changed drastically in the past five years.

Practically what this means is that I will be using this place as a home not just for my writing but for my observations on culture, life, politics, and religion.

I plan on restructuring this space away from a focus on everyday blogging and towards a more essay focused medium discussing subjects such as masculinity, fatherhood, personal growth, and how these subjects pertain to a fledgling career in the independent publishing subculture.

I have a lot of material planned and outlined and I hope I can grow this page as a discussion hub or at least a place worth visiting for like minded readers and writers.

Ongoing Projects

Upcoming Novella

Storyhack0I started work on what I’m hoping will end up a multi-chapter novella or short novel. It will be an action-packed story of adventure and exploration set in my Musket & Magic world of colonial powers, treacherous jungles, and ancient magic that I introduced in my Storyhack Issue 0 piece. The adventure features the exile Valen, his servant Bartholomeus, and the uptight Capitan Henrik. If you haven’t read A Tiger in the Garden go ahead and pick up Storyhack 0 and give it a read.

Amazon Associate Program

Barbarian Book Club is basically a personal journal that I use to challenge myself to write. I also love talking about the books I’ve read, my currently sparse writing, and games I’m currently playing. I know that people enjoy discussing books and both real life and online friends have picked up books I’ve discussed and recommended on here. I figure that if I really enjoy the book or game I might as well use an associate link and if you the reader enjoy my content and want to read the same stuff you will buy it from Amazon using my link. Will this work? Probably not, but if I manage to make 2.99 in three months that equals to about one large coffee or one indy book. So, please click on my links if you decide to read the same stuff I do.


Some Changes

I spent most of the day redesigning the blog and integrating it with the rest of my online presence. The old look was haphazard and did not really portray how I want my ideas and writing to come across. The new and improved Barbarian Book Club is much better organized. Using the category tags all the different topics I want to focus on will be easily accessible.

The main banner and my photograph are both temporary place holder experiments. In the near future, I’m going to go out with Judy and do several “photo-shoots” aimed at decorating the website and unifying my image across all the different platforms and on my Amazon author page.

I’m open to suggestions and recommendations.