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Dear Diary, I don’t think I would have been ready for either opera or philosophy before my late forties, but–thanks in large part to the Met’s “opera in HD” broadcasts in cinemas around the world) I’ve fallen head over heels for the former, and as a result, have discovered the latter.  Paul Robinson’s study of “Opera & Ideas”  peaked my interest in Romanticism, which soon led me to want to know a bit about Hegel.  Five weeks later, I’m hooked.  I’m reading as much philosophy as I can squeeze in, I’ve discovered the amazing “Philosophy Bites” podcast, and I’m listening…

So I don’t blog much.  I’m busy with a lot of stuff.  That’s one reason.  Another reason is that I’ve turned it–in my mind–into a performance.  You know, an opportunity to impress someone.  Read my blog, think it’s awesome, buy my book, repeat.  Might be a great strategy for someone.  I think that’s a bad strategy for me. I think a better approach for me is:  use the blog to post thoughts about what I’m reading, what I’m writing, what I’m thinking about.  If someone finds it, reads it, and thinks it’s interesting, that’d be cool.  Otherwise, it’s a good…

The Challenges of Self-Publishing

12 Feb 2015, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in The Writing Life

It’s been 8 months since “Echo Still” was released for the public, and I’ve sold nearly 150 copies.  I don’t really know the numbers, but I’m guessing a traditionally published novel sells 150 copies in the first few hours the bookstores are open on the day it is released.  I’m not complaining–I’m learning a ton and having fun all along the way.  Here’s one of the things I’ve learned:  One of the challenges of self-publication is that you’ve got to be all of the following for your novel:  writer, editor, proofreader, project manager, publisher, CFO, chief marketing officer, and head…

Just Getting Back Into It

25 Oct 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

This short post is essentially a practice run.  I’m just techno-phobic enough that all it took to get me to stop posting was to have my 20-something office assistant move on to greener pastures.  Time to grow up and figure out how to publish my own posts.  Also, I’m going to be trying to figure out how to expand and reorganize my website a bit (add a page for Novel #2, add and “Events” page, for example), so there may be some messy posts for a while.  But if I wait till I’m ready to do it perfectly before going…

Guest Blog Post from Artist Irwin Weinberger

21 Apr 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

Seeking True Expression In my search for a place to exhibit my artwork I came upon a quaint little gallery in a bookstore. Nice white walls with spotlights and a room to accommodate 20 to 25 paintings. “Sign me up,” I said to the manager in charge. That left six months to put together a show of my very best work, which I hadn’t yet created. I already had a few paintings in mind but really had no idea how I was going to manifest them. My plan was to paint pictures of flowers. Large, small, wild, bright, sensual. A…

Book Trailer

17 Apr 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

Yesterday I posted about working with Milan on the book trailer for Echo Still. Have you heard of this phenomenon—the book trailer? I hadn’t until Milan, who is much younger and cooler, showed me one last fall. A book trailer is basically like a movie trailer but for a book. Here’s one I like: Just After Sunset. I was completely enamored of the idea from the first I heard of it, but evidently, not everyone thinks it’s a great trend, this use of visual culture vid-bites to try to draw people to old-fashioned novel reading. According to a recent New…

Cover Artist, Book Trailer, and Voice Actors

16 Apr 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

As much as I resisted the idea of publishing my novel independently, I’m having a ton of fun preparing for the launch. Yesterday I had a phone meeting with a fantastic graphic designer re: the book’s cover. After which Milan Aviles (who is directing) and I hit on a new idea for how to handle our book trailer. And that conversation lead to using Facebook to crowdsource some voice actors for the trailer. It’s just a ton of fun. It also feels like a lot of pressure. With no publishing company’s editor telling me what to do, the buck stops…

Guest Blog Post from David Qua

09 Apr 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

I am delighted to introduce Read My Story’s first guest blogger, David Qua. David, who has taught history in a number of independent schools over the past two decades, has developed a very successful blog about teaching. I asked him to share his experiences creating this blog. Thanks DQ!   ***   I created my blog, A History Teacher’s Toolbelt, back in September 2013 with the hope that it would help me to think more deeply about pedagogy. At the time, I had made the decision to take a year off from teaching to spend time with my family, but…

Revising a Novel 101

01 Apr 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

A few weeks ago I posted about how fantastic it was to have a local book club read a story collection I thought I was done with. Well, there was one drawback: after 45 minutes of madly taking notes on their discussion, I realized I had some more work to do, and I figured it made sense to strike while the iron was hot, which means that while that collection is now a little better than it was a month and a half ago, I lost a month’s worth of momentum on revision of my current novel. Alas. As of…