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LOOK AT ME!

I can't really call this a blog, because blogs are typically regular, aren't they? I looked back through my previous posts, and enjoyed my musings, particularly because they were all of importance to me at the time I wrote them. The problem with maintaining a blog, for me, is that I don't have anything of that level of importance to "chat about" on a daily, or even weekly, level.

So what makes me post now? Am I afraid that the lack of added content to my Web site is giving me the appearance of a creative flounderer? Is my lack of creative input sending the message that I'm just like everyone else who owns a Web site--that I'm following a fad, much like a New Year's Resolution, quickly to be forgotten and brushed under the rug with the stack of unappetizing protein bars? Did I start this Web site as a launchpad for my novels (to-date only numbering one), and does it reflect the pace at which I'm writing (again, novels published equals one).

Probably. I'm being honest.

But that's not who I want to be. There is a section in this Web site that talks in relatively grandiose terms about "transmedia," and my dreams of building my own Transmedia Empire. (For a more complete education on what Transmedia is, Google JC Hutchins.)  I haven't really done anything with that. I don't even "tweet" anymore. Why? Because I find many avenues of social media to be sinkholes of ridiculousness. Have you looked at Twitter recently? It's just a non-ending electric river of "LOOK AT ME!" populated by people I don't care about--and the horribly sucky thing about that is that I truly do care about the people I follow on Twitter. I have friends who "take breaks" from Facebook, or talk about "quitting" all together, as if the social media platform giant was a pack of cigarettes. I don't have that problem. I have to force myself to look at Facebook, and I've never fallen down the rabbit hole of spying on other people's lives. Sorry. It's all just "Look at me!"

At this point I stop writing this blog and wonder... am I doing that now? This isn't a New Year's Resolution to maintain a blog, lose weight, read more, or launch a podcast... or is it?

I've decided not to label anything.

Moving forward, my 2015 will be filled with accomplishments both big and small, and even grandiose and minuscule. But, I'm not going to announce their launches. I'm not going to talk about their progress. I'm not even going to say, "LOOK AT ME!" I'm just going to do them.

And I think, for a resolution to actually work effectively, you have to not talk about it.

Just do it.

Okay, you can stop looking at me now.

Welcome to Rigg Stories Dot Com

I said I wouldn't shave my head until it was ready.

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Not that I can see much of a difference. Bald is bald, after all; but a promise is a promise.  

I'm just like everyone else.

At some point we all say, "I should have a Web site," or "I should host a podcast," or "I should finally reconfigure that nucleotide." 

Well, while I do own a very nice podcasting set, and I have a full laboratory complete with a fissionable materials locker, it wasn't until a friend and colleague named Ryan Berry opened my eyes to the wonderful world of plug-and-chug Web building. 

While this site is produced with SquareSpace, my very first Web site was done the hard way. I learned html, pieced together a front and two pages. I had animated flashy things and buttons. It was called "The Right Brain Corridor," and well... 

I realized it was pointless. 

Despite the fact I had an actual need to have my own Web site—at the time I was a fledgling short story author and seller of my own art—I never really applied myself. I kept thinking, "Everybody has their own site and most of them don't do anything." It was the age of the Ally McBeal "Dancing Baby" gif craze, and 'Net Junk was everywhere. I decided I wouldn't be a contributor until A) I had something more to say, 2) Web building technology became more commonplace, or Thirdly) I knew how to make a proper alpha-numeric bullet list.

And so it has. And so I have. And so say we all.

I have a goal to e-publish my latest novel by 2014 (currently aiming for Holiday, 2013). I have an additional goal to produce a Transmedia project next year and to work on releasing my novel as an audiobook. And, I'd really like to find some work that will allow me to explode with creative fervor, either through writing, voice acting or photo design. That's why I play the lottery.  

And that's why riggstories.com was born.

Now you know. I hope you enjoy the site. I hope you come back again and again, and I hope you contribute. The aforementioned Transmedia project will need your input to work. It's going to be a lot of fun, and I really look forward to entertaining you with it.

Until then, live long and prosper... and may the Force be with you. 

PS -- If you return to riggstories.com often (and I hope you do), you can look forward to The Musings growing with blog entries, media reviews, satire, humorous anecdotes, images and up-to-date news about my various projects. Feel free to CONTACT ME any time if you have ideas you'd like to share or something you'd like to see.