I've decided to make this site, jdmccauley.com, the central hub for all my creative work. The literary work, the fun stuff, the adventures all have a home here and you can use this as your central navigation point.
Also, I want to use this blog more regularly, once a week at most, to share the thoughts and discussions on creativity that many of you have told me you enjoy. I tried to translate a lot of that to the updates on Steampunk a Go-Go, but the site and the postings haven't really lent to discussion and reflection on the process of writing.
So why do this? Well, a couple of reasons. Selfishly, if a writer is going to do anything with their work, it needs to be shared, and this is the swiftest, easiest way to get the work into the hands of my friends and family. Secondly, if one is going to do anything with their work, it's my understanding that a brand website is essential, so why not start that right now?
But mostly, I hope that this site serves as a place to visit, get inspired, check out some of the cool links I'll share and information I have to give. Give yourself a break, a distraction, think about cool things and ideally add some zest to your life.
The main inspiration for this came form Austin Kleon, whose work I really admire. In his book, Show Your Work, he stresses all of the above, but really stresses the importance of using that brand website as a place to give back, even just a little bit. Use it to enrich the lives of others, not just self-promote.
Again, I don't want to be human spam, so you can expect these posts to come up once a week at most. I plan on posting each Saturday. This should work out well with the creative schedule. Fans of The Assassin's Table can still expect your bi-monthly posts on Friday nights (it's really my favorite thing to do after a long week). We'll talk writing, creativity, martial arts. I'll keep the posts focused on the challenges of the week and how that applies to some creative concept you can bring into your own endeavor as well as life in general.
Much of being successful creatively - success defined as producing coherent work that's worthy, not necessarily best selling - applies directly to habits that benefit our well being. Much of the latest research and resources on well-being will be embedded in my blog posts.
So there it is. Look for updates staring this Saturday. Until then, pick up a pen, or a pencil, a lumps of clay or piece of steel. Write, form, dream, make something no one made before because you haven't made it until right now.
Here we go!