Communion Of Dreams


Cleaning up.
January 2, 2011, 1:24 pm
Filed under: Alzheimer's, Ballistics, Health, Publishing, Science Fiction, Writing stuff

Yesterday, we had an Open House for our neighborhood.

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It’s a curious thing. The novel has now been available online for four years. You’d think that it would be dropping off a bit in terms of popularity. But using the same criteria I’ve used in the past, total downloads of the book this last year have jumped by almost 50%.

Yeah, it had been very consistent in the first three years, averaging a bit over 6,400 downloads. But for 2010 the total downloads were 9,631. We’re now over 29,000 total copies of the book downloaded altogether.

Huh.

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I hate “spring cleaning”. It seems like an artifact of a different age, perhaps going back to when coal was used as a fuel source for most homes, and following the winter everything needed to be cleaned thoroughly to get rid of the coal dust.

But I like having a clean home. I’m not a neat freak, but doing an in-depth cleaning always feels good. That’s one of the reasons why I like having an Open House on January 1 – it gives impetus to go through everything you might usually let slide, putting things away or getting rid of them, getting into the nooks and crannies you might otherwise ignore.

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Got a note from WordPress this morning, a summation of the last year’s blogging. Here’s a bit:

The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, you wrote 204 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1007 posts. You uploaded 23 pictures, taking up a total of 12mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

Your busiest day of the year was April 18th with 156 views. The most popular post that day was #2, so I’ll try harder.

Curiously, last year the BBTI blog beat this one for total visits for the first time. But then, BBTI itself had a Monster year.

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Yesterday, we had an Open House for our neighborhood.

It was a relaxed gathering, not as large as some recent years. But quite enjoyable.

After, as I was cleaning up the dishes, I had a chance to think about where I was, what was on the horizon. Little stuff, bills to pay this week, conservation work to be done. But bigger things, too. Communion of Dreams to be published by Trapdoor Press sometime in the next couple of months. Hopefully some progress on finding a publisher for Her Final Year. Getting going on My Father’s Gun.

And I’ve started thinking again about the prequel to Communion of Dreams. What I had written previously needs to be scrapped completely, though the basic idea I had is still there. I’m feeling . . . strong enough . . . to again consider creating a work of fiction.

It’s an interesting place to be. 2010 wasn’t bad, really, though it had some rough patches. But I really feel like I am on the verge of something with 2011. I suppose we’ll see.

Jim Downey

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Best of luck on these various projects.

Comment by sm

Thanks, Steve!

Comment by James Downey

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