• On the World of Web Broadcasting

    I’ve been off-line for the most part during the 2019 Broadcast Mode season and have noticed massive improvements in my mood and mental health. The exposure to the toxicity of the mainstream social feeds had brought me low, so much so I was physically not feeling well. Recently, I came across this photo series in which the photographer removed the electronics from our hands to show us the lonely world we’re creating and it further cemented my thinking of us having lost our balance when it comes between living life on-line and off-.

    View it here.

    Back when I first started in this business, 98% of my computer time was spent writing. The other 2% was periodically updating my website and checking in on a message board called Shocklines. Even if I was following a conversation thread, most often I didn’t keep going back for updates. Those would wait until the next day to see where the conversation went. And people were polite for the most part and keyboard warrioring wasn’t really a thing. It was about lifting each other up instead of whining and complaining and tearing each other down.

    We need to get back to that in our on-line behaviors. We also need to find balance.

    It’s gone too far.

    I’m thrilled about being in Broadcast Mode. Life is so much easier. Work is so much easier. Everything is just, simply, better.


  • On Taking a Break

    As much as I tout working hard and keeping busy, a person also needs time out now and then to rest and recuperate so they can go back to working hard and keeping busy. Proper rest ensures you do your job well and produce quality work. It also keeps you from falling ill or just plain feeling crappy. I’m personally still working on knowing when to take a break, but the days I do allow myself a breather are treasured and are appreciated after the fact when I feel rested and restored.

    It’s all about balance. Too many rest days and you won’t get anywhere. Too little rest days and your work will slide.

    Balance. Yep. Still working on that one.


  • On Moving On

    Note: This entry is from that file I found and is a reflection of how I felt at the time I was originally going to post it. I’m entering it here in the interest of archival purposes.

    I’ve spent a great deal of my career offering as much advice and knowledge I could about how this business works. I’ve given everything from writing tips to marketing ones to going against the grain in some circles only later to be proven right. Upon reflection, I’ve pretty much said everything I have to say about this business. All of it is chronicled on this website, my newsletter archives (and collected editions), Canadian Scribbler, and social media posts.

    I think it’s time to step back and let others discuss those topics and just focus on my own work. See, I love this business so much it upsets me when I see something poorly handled or writers being misled and I’m compelled to say something. I think that season is coming to a close now. Will it be permanent? I don’t know. But will it be for right now? Yeah.

    The Canister X Transmission newsletter archives contain info upon info and can be accessed here.

    Thanks for listening to me all this time, but it’s time for me to move on. Stories to tell. Pictures to draw. Books to make.

    Cheers.


  • On Superpowers

    Something that crossed my mind is the idea that what’s considered a superpower can only be limited to a certain species. For example, you and I hear on a certain spectrum and no one would claim we have super hearing. However, a dog can hear things we can’t. They can also smell things we can’t. Does that mean they have special abilities? Or what about birds? They can fly. We can’t. If only a select few of the human race had wings growing out of their bodies, they’d be considered having superpowers.

    So that’s my question: is what’s considered a superpower limited to a single species or not?

    Sound off in the comment section below.


  • A.P. Fuchs Now on Patreon!

    A.P. Fuchs on Patreon

    I have officially joined the world of Patreon!

    Lots of planning went into this and now I’m able to finally share my page with the world. I hope you join me.

    Here is a rundown of the current offerings and tiers:

    Serialized Novels

    For $1, you get access to an ongoing serial novel (minimum of one chapter posted every two weeks). Current creature feature playing is GIGANTIGATOR DEATH MACHINE, an homage to classic B-grade monster horror following a group of friends on a cabin getaway only to meet something sinister at the docks.

    Patreon-only blog posts.

    Essays

    For $2, you get complete access to the serial novel.

    Patreon-only essay blog posts exploring the ins and outs of publishing and tricks on getting your work done so you can share your craft with the world. (Minimum of one essay per month.)

    Regular Patreon-only blog posts.

    Behind-the-scenes

    For $5, you get access to the serial novel.

    Patreon-only essay blog posts.

    A look behind-the-scenes (whether text, photo, or video; advanced looks at works in progress).

    A nifty A.P. FUCHS/CANISTER X Official Membership Card mailed out to you with your name and membership number.

    Gold Standard

    For $30, you become a member of the A.P. FUCHS BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB. Each month I will select a book or comic book of mine from my inventory and mail it out to you complete with signature for the duration of your Gold Standard patronage.

    You also have access to all other reward tiers, including your membership card.

    And there you go. These are the tiers and rewards I’m starting out with. I’m excited to see where this journey takes me. Please consider joining me. Please also tell your friends, share via your social networks, and any other way you can think of to help spread the word.

    Thank you.

    The official link is www.patreon.com/apfuchs

    See you there!


  • On These Self-help Posts

    Just trying to help, is all. Lots of creators ask me questions because I’ve been in this business for so long. These little posts I’m broadcasting are meant to answer some and also provide encouragement to those who feel like throwing in the towel. Are they annoying? Maybe. Are they helpful? Maybe, too. Hope they are, anyway.

    Time to keep working. If you have questions about any aspect of publishing, send me an email and I’ll do my best to answer in a timely manner.


  • On Getting Things Done

    Very simply, if you want to get anywhere in life, you gotta get things done. Books don’t write themselves. Drawings don’t draw themselves. Work doesn’t work itself, and so on. You want something, earn it. End of story. Discussion over.


  • Public Journal Resumption

    Before I had to go offline due to some health and personal problems, I was posting a public journal here at Canister X. Just now I was fiddling with the MSWord document and saw there were some entries not yet posted that I had completely forgotten about. That said, expect them to be posted here shortly.


  • A.P. Fuchs Now on MeWe

    As previously mentioned, I’m trying to stay away from mainstream social media due to my disagreement with how some of the majors handle privacy (that, and it’s also become a cesspool of whining and negativity). So, I have joined MeWe. My page has just started and can be accessed by going here or via the MeWe logo under the Social Media section on the right.

    Join me.


  • Up Around the Bend: What is Coming

    I’ve been very busy behind the scenes here at Axiom-man Central. Presently, I’m working on PROJECT REBIRTH, which is my master plan to get things going again writing and publishing . . . and cartooning? Yes. As part of my grand comeback, I’ve decided to get back into the world of comics because it was comics that got me started down the book path and everything else I’ve done since. There are plans. There is work being done. Rebuilding what was lost is taking place at a steady rate. Healing that which was broken is also taking place. Applying lessons from the past both professionally and personally is also occurring.

    Bottom line: Lots is happening.

    Some of what you can expect coming from up around the bend:

    – Resumption of my newsletter, The Canister X Transmission

    – A Patreon account with special content just for patrons

    – Order fulfillment of the Axiom-man/Auroraman: Frozen Storm Kickstarter (if you missed the Kickstarter, the published book is available on the left)

    – Publication of projects that were temporarily put on hold when life went to crap

    – Bigtime expansion and growth of The Axiom-man Saga and associated products

    – Revving up public appearances and media again

    – New YouTube channel

    – More . . .

    Now understand, I’m a one-man band so while the above is presently being worked on, that doesn’t mean all of it is going to happen right away. Creating things takes time. Lots of time, even when working steady. Just how it is. Please be patient and keeping checking back here for updates. Announcements will also spill out of the social media machine as things are released into the world.

    In the meantime, consider expanding your A.P. Fuchs collection while you wait. Plenty of books and comics to choose from on the left. I also ship direct, which gets you a signature and a personal message if you so choose.

    Look after each other this week. Stand tall.