A lot of writers will tell you they’ve known they wanted to be a novelist since they were five years old and penned their first novel, The Magnificent Struggle of the Fart in my Butt.
I’m not one of those.
My childhood dream was to be an animator, so in the mid-’90s I went to a very expensive art school. While I was working toward a degree in Computer Animation, I took a random elective in Theater and Film. The class sparked something in me, and I wrote an epic space-opera bedroom farce. I submitted it to the school’s theater troupe and they staged it as their Fall production.
Unfortunately, the show was a hit.
Man, life would have been so much easier if it had been a miserable bomb. But it wasn’t. It was one of the most fun things I ever did.
The writing bug had its teeth in me.
Six years later I quit a lucrative career in video game animation to write the Great American Post-Nuclear-Apocalypse Adventure Comedy Novel. I expected to sell a million copies, win a dozen literary awards, and spend my Saturday nights playing poker with Stephenie Meyer and Stephen J. Cannell.
It didn’t work out that way. The book wasn’t what most critics would call “brilliant,” or “good,” or even “competent.” Nonetheless, it got me in the door at a publisher specializing in apocalypse fiction. So naturally my next book was a romantic comedy told entirely through blog posts that they had no interest in publishing.
The next logical step was, of course, to get a job in a writers’ room at Disney Channel. With my thumb on the pulse of the world’s tween audience, I quit my job to write an adult paranormal thriller about an estranged family trying to kill each other.
So yeah. You could call my output “inconsistent.” You could call me a “literary scatter-gun.” You could say I’m “the absolute worst at finding and building an audience.” But from now on, all of that’s gonna change. I’m doubling down on one idea and running with it.
Friends, I am returning to my roots. I’m going back to space. Comedy space. Subscribe to my newsletter and get a special sneak preview of my sci-fi comedy series, Galaxy Cruise! I’ll see you on board!
Your old pal,