First Post!

Hugh Todd

Well, here we are (not again). While I have a fair amount of experience in a lot of different areas, blogging is not one of them. For those of you that read a number of blogs, and have probably been doing so for years (as I have) this will probably be a less awesome process of me figuring out what I like to write about, what people might be interested in hearing about and whether this experiment will work out for either of us. But let’s take that plunge together!

When this hits my front page, I should also have an about page, in case you don’t know me (pretty doubtful for a while, my guess). But, here’s an update on where I am and what I’m doing. I live in Orange County, where I’ve lived for the past eleven years, or so. I’m currently a writer and its my intention to make a living writing novels. I’ve sold a few short stories, one of which can be foundĀ here. I’m on the verge (August?) of starting to try and sell my first novel, Changewinter. I also have a good beginning on my second novel (unconnected to the first), tentatively titled (wow, that’s a lot of ‘T’s!) Jack’s Fist.

So far, these few things have kept me fairly busy. And hopefully, this new blog will bump that up a bit. Also, in a few weeks, I’m off to a vacation in the Galapagos, a place I never imagined (before a few months ago) that I would ever go. Four years ago, I never would have guessed I would be trying to start a career as a novelist. I guess that just goes to show you… something.

Maybe, I’ll end this first post with a bit of advice. It’s good to have a plan: a plan for what you want to do next in your life or your career. It’s good to extend that plan out as far as five or even ten years. Spend some time thinking about what you might be doing then, what it might be like to live then. But, don’t get married to that plan. I can almost guarantee something odd (good, bad, different) will come up between now and the fruition of that plan that will dramatically change your direction. I’m a big proponent of change. It keeps you thinking, feeling and moving. In my humble opinion, if you’ve reached the total and complete fruition of that five year plan, you are probably doing something wrong.

Hopefully future posts won’t be so philosophy heavy!