Hello internet. Welcome to my blog. If you look through old posts you’ll see I’ve written about a number of things I like, such as Fallout, Nine Inch Nails, Star Wars, and so on. You’ll also see a few posts sharing some podcasts I’ve been in over the past few years. My last post is a bit more personal. When I wrote that post, I was leaning towards writing a book about my struggles with addiction, but since then I’ve reconsidered. Maybe one day I will write that book, but I can’t just jump head first in the deep end. I need to ease my way into that.
I liked getting personal and real, though. I want to keep that up. But I’m going to dial things back a bit from my last post. I’m still figuring this whole thing out. What brings me here is that I want to connect with people who would like to read my books. I’ve been working on this series for over two years and in the past six months or so I have been squaring off with the fact that as a writer I need to “engage” with “the community” and have a “presence” on the “internet”. As an introvert with social anxiety, I’d rather have my teeth pulled.
My earlier blog posts from the past two years were attempts to remain private but have some sort of presence at the same time. I’d write about topics, the way I did at the Escapist. The only problem with that is that I’m not selling Fallout, Star Wars, or Nine Inch Nails. I mean, there are Fallout and Nine Inch Nails references in my books, but I’m selling a uniquely Kevin Mooseles zombie story, and nobody outside of my friends and family has any idea what that means. That is a problem which needs to be fixed.
This blog is a way for me to introduce myself to you, to share a bit about my struggles and triumphs and the way I see this wacky world we are all living in. The name of the blog was Things Chewing On My Brain when it first went up, and I have kept a majority of my thoughts to myself since then because that is my introverted comfort zone. No more. Change is always uncomfortable, and the discomfort of growth is always worthwhile.
I just wrote my first short story the other day. Well, maybe my second short story. I wrote one when I was a kid, but that story has been lost on a fried apple hard drive for decades and doesn’t count. With fiction, I started out three novels that went nowhere in my twenties, then years later wrote my first novel in six months. I skipped over the short story phase that every other fiction writer goes through, for better or worse. For the longest time I didn’t think I could “do” a short story. I struggle with impostor syndrome. Anyway, now I know I can write short stories, which is pretty cool. I’m polishing it up, and pleased with how it came out. The story is called “YouTube Channel of the Invisible Man”. I’ll share it here at some point.
I’ve got plenty of things chewing on my brain about other life issues, too. My plan for this blog is to open up more. Get things a little more personal. Be a little more transparent and also a little less invisible.
I’m going to have fun with this. I hope you will too.