Based in the East Bay Area of sunny California, Ben Monroe is a writer and communications consultant. He is interested in the ways that traditional storytelling methods can be used in advertising, corporate communications, and other non-traditional ways.

Trying new things... for better or for worse...

Trying new things... for better or for worse...

This past Monday was the big North American Solar Eclipse that had everyone excited. I was fortunate enough to get to see it in totality, when we took the family on a road trip to Salem, Or. to watch it with some friends.

Amazing spectacle aside, I started thinking a lot about the symbolism of an eclipse. How in ancient times it was a spectacle that created anxiety and terror in people. They sky grew dark, and people didn't know what was going on. The vikings thought that a great wolf was eating the sun, and vomiting it up again. The symbols of death and rebirth are rampant through most cultures. Every myth cycle has some story of a hero who dies, only to return and bring some boon to the world. The cycle of death and rebirth is infinite in it's ability to give us pause for consideration.

With this in mind, the theme of the last few weeks for me has been "death and rebirth". I've been thinking about ways I've been beating my head against a metaphorical wall, and trying to think of new solutions. Sometimes the solution is just simply "Give up; it's not worth the hassle."

I've long dreamed of being a published author, but breaking into the world of publishing seems so incredibly daunting that I've really just dabbled. With that in mind, I began thinking about non-traditional methods of publishing. Notably, that the entire publishing industry is really in a renaissance right now, and the traditional "write a book, get an agent, find a publisher" method just doesn't work any more. Publishers want guaranteed best sellers, known authors, safe bets. 

To this end, I've taken an old short story I wrote, and put it up for sale on the Kindle platform. It's really an experiment to see what the results might be, as well as how the process works.
Of course, I'd love it if tons of people bought it and enjoyed it.

If you like zombie survival horror stories, and have enjoyed any of the RPGs I've written in the past, check it out. If you're a fan of the Cthulhu Wars boardgame, and have read any of the stories I wrote for it (on the backs of the faction cards), you might also enjoy this.

My intention, however, is not to turn this into a sales pitch for my story. But really just me thinking about how sometimes you've got to stop doing what you're doing, in order to find out what you're supposed to be doing. Let an idea die, and see what it comes back as.

Blogging is hard...

Blogging is hard...

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