Yes I know, I've been gone for a long time. I'm sorry. I took a bit of time away to let my broken heart heal (long story), and was somewhat successful. I also just took a 2 week road trip, which I highly recommend to anyone. I didn't have much money to spend, but busses are cheap and friends are plentiful, so I had lots of fun crashing with friends in New York City, Ann Arbor and Chicago. Having been cooped up here in Maine all winter, I was desperate for a change of scenery.
Now that I'm back of course, the work really begins. The new and improved edition of Orphan's Quest is out. For those who might want a copy, you can now special order it in any bookstore in either the US, the UK or online. My big push now is to get the stores to stock it on a permanent basis. To that end, I'm sending out thousands of promotional postcards to bookstores and review copies to potential reviewers. I'm also working on designing free stuff like bookmarks, fridge magnets, T-shirts and all the kinds of stuff that help increase the buzz and spread the word.
For those of you who are new to Oasis and are wondering who the hell I am, I am a Fantasy author (I write Fantasy novels with gay heroes) and a fairly regular contributor of occasionally helpful advice here on Oasis, as well as a guy who has been living with the dreaded HIV virus in my body for the past eleven years. I am not a pedophile, just an overgrown teenager who likes to use his considerable life experience to help young people figure shit out. So if you need help, give me a yell. I'll do my best to be of service.
Healthwise, I've been doing great. It only took me a few days to recover from my cross-country road trip, and now I'm thinking of trying to organize a book tour some time in the coming months. First thing's first though. Get it reviewed by more people. Get it in more bookstores. After that, I'll think about doing some signing events. If I come out your way, I hope you'll come and see me. I'd love the chance to meet some of you face to face, and a nice, well-chaperoned signing event would be the perfect venue for it. Once I get my ass in gear, I'll let you all know where I'm going to be and when.
In other news, I'm working on editing another friend's book and helping my protege get his first novel underway. I'm also finishing up the final draft of my second book, Scions Blood, and have even started the third one, Numen's Trust. Book Two is due out in November and Book Three in February. I'd call the chances of November happening Very Probable; The chances of meeting the February deadline - Snowball meets Hell. But I'm gonna give it my best try.
So how is everyone? I have peeked in on the site a few times over the past couple of months. Things seem to have slowed down a bit. I attribute this to the lazy days of Summer. I figure once fall rolls around, those of you who took a break will be back with more angst in need of soothing. Don't worry. I'll be here to help you. I heard through the grapevine that some of you were asking about me, which made me feel all warm and fuzzy. I really am sorry if any of you thought I had abandoned you. I would never do that. I just needed to spend a little time away for personal reasons, the nature of which I can't get into. I'm back now though, ready to share with you all the wisdom I have gained from my 20+ years of making really stupid mistakes. And yes, I'm still making them - just not quite as often - and I'm actually learning from them nowadays.
Before I go and read all the recent posts, I want to talk for a bit about writing projects. I tried to launch two this past year - the Samers Guild Project and the Gay Like Me Project. Most of you know that neither was a success. As I said in an earlier post, I'm going to keep an eye on the Gay Like Me forum. If you guys want to keep posting stuff there, I strongly encourage it. One day, I still hope to have enough material to compile the book that we'd all like to see get published. Now that I own a publishing company, that part of it isn't a problem anymore. If we can get the stories, poems and artwork we need, I'll be more than happy to put it out under the Glynworks Publishing imprint and spend the money necessary to market it. The one thing I can't do is write it. That's up to you guys. So keep the submissions coming. For those of you who don't know the drill, we're looking for stories that depict life as a gay teen (and by gay, I mean gay, lesbian, bi, tran, queer or whatever alternative orientation you choose to identify as). We want autobiographical stuff mostly, although some fictionalized accounts would be considered as long as they are based on truth. While we also want some poetry and artwork, we want the main thrust of the book to be creative, autobiographical accounts of your lives as gay (GLBTQ) teens - the good, the bad, the ugly. The ideal length would be 500 to 3000 words, though longer would be fine. All works would be published under your Oasis screen name or another pseudonym of your choice. This is for legal reasons and is non-negotiable. Okay, there's the spiel again. I'll make it again every few months for the benefit of the new arrivals. One day, we're going to get it done.
Okay, I've prattled on enough. I want you to know that I really missed all of you guys, and I'm glad to be back with you again. I'd like to have some more of you as MySpace friends. You can add me here: http://www.myspace.com/patnelsonchilds. There's some great music on my profile right now, so I encourage you to check it out.
I hope you all have a great rest of the summer.
Love and hugs,