Unofficial Indie Block Party


All right – this is the season for block parties – right? I mean what other time of the year are you going to haul a bar out onto an open street along with about thirty or forty thousand randomly-colored lawn chairs and gather yourself all of the beer and music and bad jokes and more beer that you can and call it a PARTY!

So – I’ve decided to take part in the 2013 Indie Block Party.

You want details – go and check it out HERE!

Why am I doing this?

Well – let’s say I need the motivation to write a few more blog entries.

Or maybe – I JUST WANT TO PARTY!!!

So – for starters I am supposed to tell you all about myself.

Well – I’m a storyteller. I’m a writer. I can be painfully shy, in person. I’m not a bad guy. I haven’t got too many bodies buried in the basement – and none of them are all that important anyways.

I’ve been writing since the mid-eighties. Or at least that was when I sold my very first short story – a sort of a Mad Max apocalyptic tale that I sold to OUTLAW BIKER for $125.00 – which, at that point, seemed to be an omen of impending wealth.

Note – I am not rich.

Not even close.

In fact, if you’re reading this – SEND MONEY!!!


Here’s a list of the “blog-entry-starters” the organizers suggest for creating this first block party blog entry.

Why did you start writing?
How long have you been writing?
What are your favorite genre?
What is your blog about?
What do you do when you’re not writing?

Why did I start writing?

Well, I think I started mostly as a way of learning how to talk. You have to understand I was a quiet kid – and I discovered I could hold entire conversations with myself just by writing words down. It became one of my major outlets of self-exploration. I was ALWAYS a reader and I had a great love for watching movies. I think – mostly – I just love the sound of a good story.

How long have I been writing?

Well – like I said – I sold my first story in 1986 – but I was writing LONG before that. I wrote in high school and I wrote in elementary. People liked my stories. Teachers liked my stories. My stories turned into good marks. Once I figured out that an essay or an assignment or a report was nothing but a story with a skeleton of facts attached – I was hooked. Writing was my way of coping with the stress of school room performance issues.

What is my favorite genre?

I like ANYTHING that has a streak of booga-booga in it. I enjoy the horror genre, ghost stories, folklore and any sort of dark fantasy. I also enjoy western stories and have written several weird westerns. I love a good war novel – and I have a great fondness for the shoot-em-up in ALL of its may forms.

What is my blog about?

Well, it is about writing and storytelling and the world of indie publishing.

I’m a hybrid author. I write for myself and publish independently but I also have SEVEN releases through a local regional press – Nimbus Publishing. The good folks at Nimbus have helped me sell THOUSANDS of copies of my regional books.

What do I do when I am NOT writing?

Well – I eat. I sleep. I like to watch old movies. I read. I talk with my wife and my cat and occasionally our teddy-bear Dijon – who is a really a deep sort of philosopher considering that he’s mostly just stuffed. I socialize with a flock of blue jays, a murder of a crows and a gaggle of assorted starlings and grackles whom I feed stale bread and peanuts in the shell most every morning.

So that’s it.

Let the blog/block party commence.

I’ll blow a horn here in my office – or, seeing as I just wrote this words – I guess that it already happened.

It happened in the most important place in the world – your imagination.

Listen – I’ll blow it again.


(Because I missed the sign-up deadline I am an UNOFFICIAL Indie Block Party participant – or I guess that means that I am CRASHING the Indie Block Party – in my imagination, anyway)

Don’t forget to check out my the rest of the Block’s WIP as well!
(Updating as I find the posts)

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

8 responses to “Unofficial Indie Block Party

  1. I love that. Unofficial, but still welcome. Booga Booga genre is always fun, I can read it, but can’t watch those types of movies anymore.


  2. Hark what is that horn that hath drowned out the boogie blues of our block party? Oh, just a crasher. 😉

    Found you on Sydney’s blog, I’ll follow along too.

    Whats it like being a hybrid author?


  3. Hi Elaine.

    I’ll tell you about being a hybrid. I absolutely LOVE working with my traditional publisher – but it’s incredibly frustrating having to wait for other people’s decisions. STILL – Nimbus has been very good to me over the years. They have sold thousands of copies of my books and get my work into bookstores right across Canada – bookstores that would not notice a lowly little indie-writer ordinarily.

    Besides that, just this fall they organized TWO book tours for me to help promote my YA novel SINKING DEEPER – and paid for my stay in a luxury Toronto hotel for eight days.

    Thanks to SINKING DEEPER making the short list for the Silver Birch award over 3000 copies of the book were distributed through the Ontario Library Association – to elementary schools right across Ontario. Similarly, the short list for the maritime Hackamatack Award resulted in over 600 copies being distributed through the maritime provinces.

    The traditional books help generate paid school and library appearances – they get me invited to book festivals – I absolutely LOVE being a hybrid author.


  4. Thank Sydney’s page for getting you visitors : ) Nice to meet you. I’ll try to keep checking in on you over the next couple weeks. Love your writing voice : )


  5. Stopping by to say hi and nice to meet you. Great post. Good luck with everything.


  6. Welcome unofficially, to the party! 🙂 Nice to meet you.


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