tweet about the Zen of Failure is showing some real legs on Twitter, and my blog posts about failure keep getting visitors, I’m growing concerned. Do I really
want to gain a rep as the Guru of Failure?
“Oh yeah, Dale
Sproule, that failure guy.” Nice. I need to
remember that in the end, it’s about finding success through failure. My
failures are a big part of the credentials I bring to the table. How could I
speak authoritatively about failure if I hadn’t frequently come away from
endeavors battered and pummeled, bloodied and demoralized, crushed and spindled
and broke.” Nobody is interested in my
List of Woes – nor should they be. Because the useful and interesting part of
this whole exercise is the climbing-back-up part. The part where you take what
you learned from the failure and use it to beat your oppressors about the head
and shoulders until they cry out, “Okay, fine. You may sit at our table.” And
they put you at the far end, on one of the kids chairs, with a cushion. Bu…
Over 50 published short stories and no novel. What’s that
I’ve been writing seriously since I was about 15. For a few
years, in the late 80s and early 90s, I was fairly prolific, publishing upwards
of eight stories in one year. I spent a long time pushing the envelope, trying
to be edgy – and I even succeeded on occassion. One in three stories I’ve
written over my lifetime was good enough to be selected to appear in my
collection, Psychedelia Gothique, which
contained 17 stories – several of which had been nominated for Aurora Awards, Pushcart
Prizes and the like. A number of my stories appeared in small scale “Best of” anthologies
– with pieces in Wild Things Live There
(The Best of Northern Frights), The Best of Eotu Magazine, and the Sign of the Times 20 Year Anthology. A
couple of my pieces appeared in newsstand magazines and in the same table of
contents with some of my favourite authors. Writers I admire reviewed several
of my stories very favourably. A magazine I co-pub…
So, here's the thing - despite my nearly 50K page views, I have a decided lack of followers, so I figured, "Why not put that out there and ask people for help and advice. How do I convert viewers to followers?
And how do I get comments? Do I need more pictures? Please feel free to share your tips or thumb or nose at me in print. It's all part of the eternal quest for answers.
a) Do I give away books?
b) Give away friends books?
c) Give away rare books?
d) Publish excerpts from work in progress?
e) Avoid publishing excepts from work in progress?
f) Give away popcorn?
g) Get my friends to post salacious photos?
h) Just write something interesting, for crying out loud!
Reading is Sexy Photo from Do-Ming Lum at Tiger Mountain Creative Services. Model: Ash