Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Never Ending Sleep

Hello all!

Recently I finished another short story, The Never Ending Sleep, and now I'm trying to get it published. If you know anyone looking for a children/teen horror/spec. fiction story, have them contact me!

Thanks, 

-Daniel






Monday, January 21, 2013

Why I'm Not Making a Reading Resolution


In a previous blog entry, I revealed how large a role resolutions played in my journey as a writer. The main reason I wrote my first book was because I had resolved to do it at the beginning of that year. 

I have made more writing resolutions for 2013. Despite this, I will not be making another reading resolution, as I did in 2012. I am a big fan of Goodreads (feel free to friend me!). They give me great suggestions based on my likes, and I can see what my friends and authors I follow are reading—and what they think of what they are reading. 

Around this time of year, Goodreads encourages members to make a reading resolution—a goal for how many books you intend to read throughout the year. 

Last year I made one of these resolutions. I thought it would be fun since I've never tracked how many books I read per year. I saw author Patrick Rothfuss set a goal for 250 books, an insanely large number. I figured if I did merely 52 books, one book per week, I should be fine. 

I didn't make it. Not even close. Check this out. 


(Click to Enlarge. See my failure.)

In case you can't see it, I read only 22 books. Not even half my goal. 

Here's why I don't really care. I was on track through March or so, but then I realized I was avoiding some of the larger books I wanted to read, like A Song of Ice and Fire series, simply because they were large books and I knew it would hurt my stats. 

I started wishing they tracked number of pages instead of number of books. And then I realized that that wouldn't be very accurate (consider font sizes and spacing) so they should really track number of words you read per year. And then I hit myself in the head and saw how stupid I was being. Who gives a crap how much I read? 

So my only real goal for reading in 2013 is . . . to stop watching TV. It's an indirect goal, and I don't watch much TV as it is, but I think it's a good goal nonetheless, and it should help my writing as well. 

So, do you make a reading resolution on Goodreads? Feel free to comment on what your experience has been! Also, if you like, click one of the many share buttons for the various social networks. Or go old-school and send a series of postcards to your friends telling them about this site, if you feel so inclined. 

Here's a postcard from me. With love from Minnesota!

-Daniel

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Do you like Books? How about WINNING books?


(Edit—This fundraiser ends January 21st!)
I know my site is fairly new, and I don't get many pageviews, but every time I write a new post I get a couple views. And guess what? That would be YOU! 

So I want to use this opportunity to point out a great charity. If you like books and charity and possibly winning books by being charitable, might I suggest donating some money to World Builders?
World Builders is a charity created by fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss (Author of Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear). Every year he holds a fundraiser, after which he donates the funds raised to Heifer International. Heifer uses the funds to help families in need by giving them sustainable solutions to their problems—such as goats that can provide milk or chickens that lay eggs. 

While donating for that reason alone would certainly be worth your hard earned money, Pat sweetens the deal by placing you in a lottery for every ten dollars you spend. Most of the prizes are books (many of them signed), as well as random things like DVD's, posters, and free manuscript critiques. Every ten bucks get's you one more spot in the lottery. And you can win multiple prizes. Plus, there are a TON of prizes, so your odds are actually quite good. Plus plus, there are some rare amazing things that can be had, such as an ARC of Stardust by Neil Gaiman.
(Click to enlarge, then swoon over the beautiful font and words)

So if you happen to be one of the rare people who come across my blog, consider donating a couple bucks. Here is Pat Rothfuss's blog if you would like to hear it from the man himself. It goes a long way, and you also get the chance to win something cool! The fundraiser ends January 21st!

Oh yeah . . . one more thing—share this if you like it! I'm still figuring out the HTML for the buttons, but somewhere around these words you should be able to find a place to click share!

-Daniel

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Not-So-Unlikely Beginning


I want my site to seem well thought out—professional, even (although I know that might be setting my sights too high). But I am not going to masquerade as if I were some established author. I'm not. Not even close. Not even within a hundred light years. 

The purpose of this site—my blog, contact info, works list, etc—is about laying a foundation. Some place that I might take the first steps in following my dream of becoming an established author. It's another kick in the pants for me to get in and write. 

Since this is a beginning of sorts, I thought it would be nice to give some background info on why I'm pursuing authorship. While I have for a long time drooled over the fame and recognition of an being a highly-recognized author, I have never made real attempts at making my dreams a reality. Sure, after reading a particularly popular series I would sit down and say to myself, "Self, it's time to write a super awesome book so you can be famous." And then I'd sit down and try to write the next Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. I might've even taken some time (as in a few hours) considering the plot and characters. But soon enough I'd start trying to write my masterpiece. The dialogue would feel disjointed and unnatural, and within a page or two I'd thrown in the towel. 

That was, until about a year ago. At the end of December 2011 or early in January 2012 I did something that I've never done before—I made New Year's Resolutions. I always thought New Year's Resolutions were stupid. Why not make self-betterment adjustments to your life as soon as you think of them, rather than wait until the end of the year? Still, on a whim, for 2012 I made a few resolutions. 

First Resolution: a house. I'd been married for three years and felt my wife and I were at a good point to make that transition. But in order to make it a reality, I knew I'd need a better job. So . . . Second Resolution: new job. The two goals seemed so grandiose I decided, just for the heck of it, I should add the goal of writing a book. It was a shrug of the shoulder's resolution, and even as I made it I didn't expect to actually do it. 

But then something weird happened. Before the end of January, I actually landed a new job. And the only reason I even applied for it was because of the resolution. Within a few months my wife and I decided to look for houses, and after looking at over a dozen we picked one that we toured the first day. Having accomplished the two resolutions that I felt were long shots, I decided I would write a book and finish all three. 

I already knew what I wanted to write. It was a story I had been turning over in my mind for close to a year, and I knew I had enough plot to write a novel. Still, I didn't want raw author meat in my novel, so I spent the first six to eight months of the year working on short stories and writing assignments. I even got to experience the great joy of discovering one of my short stories was going to be published (something that I realized wasn't as difficult as I imagined it might be, but at the same time was incredibly uplifting). And with that extra boost of motivation, I tackled my novel, Never Upon a Time, finishing it in December, just in time for the new year. 

A new year and more resolutions. I made more this year with a pole-vaulter mentality (if you make it over one bar, try a higher one). They are mostly writing goals—from writing more short stories to working on editing/pursuing publication of my novel. Making this site was one of my goals. I knew if I wanted to truly pursue authorship in the 21st century, I would need to get cracking at making myself visible, regardless of how awkward or strange it might feel.  And look, it's January 15th! Kabam!

Why am I doing this? Well, to answer that we will need to get a little serious. So imagine soft piano music playing lightly in the background—so quiet that if I hadn't mentioned it being there you wouldn't have noticed. 

I'm doing this because I love writing. Even if nothing sprouts from the seeds I'm planing, I don't really care. I've discovered there's joy in sowing. I want to take steps so that I might be able to write more often. I can't honestly say there isn't a small (okay, big) part of me that still want's to be a famous author. What really matters, though, is the realization that even if I don't "make it" as an author, I'm still going to write.

As to why I love writing, I'm not entirely sure I know the exact answer. Although if I were to wager a guess, I think it would have to do with the fact that I am creating things that, before I thought of them, never existed. There is a fulfilling satisfaction in reading a story and thinking, I made that. 

I'm planning on writing some short stories, and will likely make some available for free on this site. Besides that I'm going to continue editing my first novel while looking at publication options, and am planning on writing another. And, of course, I am still working 40+ hours a week at my "real" job. 

So there's a little information about the beginning of my pursuit. If you at all intrigued, feel free to comment or contact me. If you have advice or criticism, feel free to comment or contact me. If you are in the same boat as me . . . welcome! Feel free to leave info for you blog in the comment section and I will take a look at what you're up to. I've also tried to figure out how to add "Share" buttons to the blog, so if you can see them and you feel like sharing this, please give them a whirl to see if they actually work. 

My next blog post will likely have to do with what I learned after writing my first book, so check back to see those juicy nuggets of information. 

And if you read all the way through my post, thank you! You're awesome! 

-Daniel

Monday, January 14, 2013

Welcome!


Hello, and welcome!

This is the official site for the author Daniel Goldberg (me). I spent most of my time creating the lovely banner of myself that adorns the top of the page yesterday, and so this blog post is a bit . . . lacking. Soon I will work on writing my first "real" blog entry. It will entail details about where I am as a writer, and perhaps a few things I learned after writing my first book. I will probably post other entries that give information about where I stand with my first book and what it is about, as well as information about my first story that is in the process of being published.

Until then, however, I suggest you check the page ABOUT DANIEL to learn more about me, of visit the MISC FUN &WHATNOT (now called Other Creativity) section for some interesting pictures I made using Photoshop. I know it might not be professional of me to have odd, random photo's on my webpage . . . but the hilarity is worth the possible risk to my reputation. 

Thanks for checking out my site, I hope to see you back!

-Daniel