What is this blog?
This blog is going to break a rule for most successful blogs which is to stick to one main topic. This blog will have two main features, but they are so intertwined in my life that they seem like one.
First, this blog is about my writing. Articles will focus on my three fantasy series, the experiences of trying to make it as a writer in the brave new world of E-books, trivia about my novels, excerpts from my books, updates from Amazon about deals for my present and future books, and feedback from readers. And to give fair warning, I also plan to shamelessly plug my books at every opportunity. I’m attempting a rare feat, to create three successful fantasy series and sell and write them all simultaneously, and this blog will be home base for that endeavor.
I’m also going to undertake a rather unusual experiment. In addition to my three novels, I’ve written two earlier ones. They were written in the early 1990’s on a typewriter before there was computer backup and my only copies remain typewritten. The books are different from my recent work. They are intended for slightly younger readers and are also far shorter in length. They are also not nearly up to the standards of the three novels I’m selling on Amazon. However, despite their immaturity, I am fond of them, imperfections and all. Therefore, I’m going to take one of them called Jordan’s Quest and type a few pages each day into this blog. So, eventually, this blog will be home to a 120 page novel. Perhaps I will even make blogging history by debuting an entire book through a blog.
The second topic of this blog will be movies. They have been, with writing, the great passion of my life. This blog will focus mainly on my love of film and will try to share that passion with readers. There will be constant trivia questions and quizzes. There will be articles about my favorite quotes, favorite set pieces, favorite tracking shots, and favorite films under the heading of ‘my favorite things’. There will also be movie, DVD, and Bluray news, reviews of current films, comments on films I happen to be watching at home, and a variety of other topics. I’m even planning on throwing in some reviews of local theaters and articles about the overall film-going experience. I will also welcome articles from readers which I’ll be happy to add to the blog as well.
The articles will draw on the past thirty years of film-going for me in which I’ve seen in cinemas and at home over 10,000 films.
Film is such a powerful force in my life that careful readers will find tons of film references in all my books from settings to the names of characters. I’ll be writing some articles about those influences and in-jokes from my novels, which will take this blog full circle, tying my writing and love of films together and weaving them into The Fantasy Worlds of Allan Melody.
Note: This entire article along with some additional information can be found on my about page.