Steampunk & Synthesizers

The books and music of Ren Cummins

The official site of author Ren Cummins, information about his books and music, a place to find questions, answers, and more questions for those. Links and other internety things, in a sort of one-stop shop.  

A Question For You

Whoooo! Back to back shows - Rose City Comic Con and Steamposium - and, with them still closer in my rear view mirrors than they may appear, I'm happy to welcome in the return of Autumn. Just something about this season tells my soul that it's once again time to write. Sleep comes more easily, the coffee tastes better, and the brightness of the sun retreats behind its blankets, and I'm back to staring at a blank page until the words rise up from the canvas.

Got a couple short stories completed, wrapped up my first full collection, Anachronology One, and got back to working on the follow up to "Steel & Sky" - "Sun & Stone".

Along the way, I've been doing a lot of meditating on writing and what I'm hoping to accomplish over the next few years. It's hard not to reflect on that; at all these conventions, I meet so many new writers who are pretty much right where I was at, not so many years ago. Full of stories and questions, guided by optimism, but dazzled by all the options available to them. Ebook, paperback, audiobook, mixed media, agents, independent, vanity press, the list goes on and on.

It made me think that perhaps it's time I used this blog as a way to share some of these insights and experiences I've had so far, to consolidate all these options into a single place. Is that something you'd like to read? And, if so, please let me know what specific things you'd like to hear about!