Hey, come on in, the door’s open. Well, no, it’s not actually a door, depending on how you’re reading this. Unless you’re standing at a doorway looking at a computer across the room. Then… well, you get the idea. Let’s just say this…
If you’re one of the eleven or four people who read this attempt at blogging in its previous incarnation, then welcome back! What you read before was an attempt at a stylized narrative, throwing in musings and ideas that the wielder of that particular gun, that would be me, didn’t have time to pursue on my own. If you’re back because of your enjoyment of the blog then, then you’ll get some of that, but this time around, it won’t be exactly the same.
Will there be stylized narrative? Sure, when the mood strikes me. Will there be ideas shared and discussed and even given away wholesale? Yes, as I want to. Will Pets and Peeves- a feature where I discussed things I liked and didn’t like in the publishing field- be returning? Might be? And will I talk about writing projects, Pro Se Productions (the company I am a partner in) news, and other tidbits and morsels? Probably. Will there be book reviews of things I read and like…and don’t like? Yes, that’s likely a 99.5 guarantee to happen.
What will be different this time around for the ILB blog, though, is I will post…what I want. When I want as well. I know the statistics say that bloggers who post daily usually are more successful, sell more widgets, and such. I also have read the reports that show a consistent style of blogging adds to the readability and readership of your work. Well, as with many things in this tangled web of interactions, mistakes, and occurrences I call my life, I have traveled these roads and find that my own path is one I’m more interested in treading. So, with that in mind, I can tell you that there will be posts here, but I can’t say when or what they will be. Because they will be whatever I feel necessary to share. Is the intent still to have this be about publishing, writing, Pulp, and all that goes with that? Most definitely. But something else I’ve learned is that all of that, all of those things, are a part of who I am. They are very personal to me. And that means that being personal here, when I want to be, is something else I plan to do.
So, as a first order of business in the new digs, let me talk about…me. Many of you, if any of you read this, who read this will know some of what I plan to share. Several of you will know a lot of it. And yes, those who do know me can plan on general statements, specific things, and even a few teases maybe here and there in what amounts to an extended biography.
But why, you might ask? Why do I expect you to read about me? Well, I don’t. I mean you’re welcome to and it will definitely give you insight to future posts on the blog, but no, I’m not narcissistic enough to think reading about me will enrich you in any significant way. What I’m about to write, I write for me. Because I feel the need to set out, before we embark on this adventure again, where I stand right now, who I am at this moment. So, if you read on, I hope you, if you don’t get anything out of or enjoy what you read, that you at least understand that it’s important to me.
I am Tommy Hancock. By day, I am an investigator for an attorney. Yeah, I know…Pulpy and I have the hat for it. I am also a husband to a woman of long suffering patience- Thank God for that- and the father of three of the greatest children on the planet. Come on, just ask me.
In between all of that, in the spare moments while the sun shines and into the wee hours of the morning, I am…well, that long list of things I listed above boils down to one word. I am a creator. I am a writer who loves to tell action packed genre type tales of all sorts. I am a podcaster who enjoys talking to others who create stuff I like to read. I am a Convention type guest and vendor who likes the interaction with fans (of which I am also one) and the opportunity to share what I do with others. I am a publisher who endeavors to bring the best of Genre Fiction and New Pulp to the masses and have been very fortunate in doing so, both with continued success each month, but also because of the people, starting with my partner in the company as well as my wing woman, my right hand all the way through every other creator I’ve met who has worked under the Pro Se Banner. I am indeed all of those things.
I’m also a guy who has, I’ve been told, several good qualities that I am just beginning to appreciate. I’m someone who, though, has spent a lot of time trying to find himself, working overtime and sometimes crossing lines to do so. I have more than a few things I’ve done that I regret and were a certain bigger-on-the-inside blue box at my disposal, I truly might go back and change them. That’s probably my biggest mistake of a personal nature, believing that I had to figure out who I was when, as someone has told me more than once, if I would just relax and ‘be’, who I am would come through just fine. Since I’ve started doing that- and that’s really truly only been in the last little while- I’ve learned a lot about myself. Well, maybe not learned all of it, because much I knew already. Let’s say I’ve accepted a lot about myself. Which, for someone who revels in creating whole new universes from simple strands of thoughts and words in his head, is not easy, especially when some of what is being accepted actually means I have limits. So, for a quick list of things about me…
I am not only a creator, I’m a fan. Of many, many Pop Culture type things.
As a publisher, I want to make money, but I also want people to learn, to grow, and to achieve more as writers with every word they write.
I absolutely love doing research, sometimes more to my detriment than benefit.
I will do anything for a friend. But also, business is business. I have little patience for those who blur the lines between the two and expect special treatment. If I choose to give it, that’s one thing and my choice. As a Publisher/creator, though, it is not enough for someone to be my friend. Fortunately, most of those I work with understand this.
Mistakes, I make them. A lot of them in the past. I’m taking steps to not do that nearly as much. I also have a bad habit of letting them hold me back, even after I’ve done everything I can to fix or at least acknowledge them. No more of that.
I have a history of overcommitting myself and have been working on that for awhile. Still treading water on a lot of commitments made long ago, cleaning them up as I can.
I’m a diabetic. I bring this up as it’s caused me more than once to get behind on things. That’s better too, though it rears its ugly head at times.
Although much of what I do as a creator many would consider work, I find it to be fun.
I tend to think outside the box in a lot of ways compared to other publishers and creators. But I’m also willing to learn, not just as a publisher, but in other ways as well.
I am open to suggestions in many areas, but also have a very strict idea on how some things should be done. Many people see this as a problem apparently, as I will be open in some things and a hard liner in others. It is who I am.
I have priorities, something I haven’t really defined until lately. And yes, my creating/Pulp ‘work’ is definitely close to the top of the list. I intend to move forward, to succeed, and to be the best at everything I do, which in turn means that I plan for those I work with and for to be the best as well.
I am, for the first time, focused. Focused singularly for success in several areas.
I know many people and have untold acquaintances and many friends. I also have what can only be called an inner circle, a select group I trust with much, if not all of me. And I will do anything for them.
Best Friend? Yep, am one and have one. Counted as one of the family, that one is.
Forward. Onward. Upward. All directions I am moving. And I hope to take many with me on the way.
Well, there you go, much more than you wanted to know and maybe even more than you needed. But it was important for me to put that down somewhere, to start not only this new blog, but also in a lot of ways, a new direction that I’ve been carving out for a few months in my life as a creator. And as a person.
Come back, won’t you? Can’t tell you when I’ll post again, but I promise you, every post will be different than the one before it.