Jesse’s World

This is my blog exclusively about me and my world of writing and reading and existing. I publish a new post on the first of every month. You can subscribe via RSS if you would like, or just bookmark this page. I hope you find it to be a bright spot in a world addicted to outrage.

Oscillating between forms of expression
I finally told myself that it's okay to have nice guitars and equipment for playing and recording music. My gift to myself these holidays was two electric and one acoustic guitar, rebuilding what I had before I moved across the country and felt it necessary to sell all my guitars about eight years ago. I don't play every day, but it is nice to have another form of expression that I can turn to when …
The one where I was submitting for six months before my first acceptance in a SFWA market
I was looking back at my posts and noticed that I've passed the six-month mark for posting one post on the first of each month. Neat! It serves as evidence for my personal hypothesis that small, easily achievable goals help to build discipline and confidence. I tell myself that I will publish at least one paragraph here on the first of each month, and since starting a little over half of a year ago, I've …
The Constants of the Universe
Sometimes I think about variables and constants in existence. What changes—always—and what stays the same? Ironically, the most important constant I've ever come across happens to be change. This month, things are changing for me. The last few years of existential reflection and stumbling are coming to a natural milestone—not one that I can articulate, but one that I can feel, deep inside my bones and what makes me me. With proper light and warmth …
Inaugural Documents, More Short Stories, and the Needlessness of Words
Sometime in October of this year we'll be filing articles of incorporation for our company. We're in California, which means we have an enormous $800 annual franchise tax bill even if we lose money that year. I wish this state would consider waiving any franchise tax fees for businesses that make less than minimum wage, because it feels like it stifles the idea of the American Dream™ when you have to pay-to-play. By far the …
The Next Four Months & Thoughts On Anthologies
This summer, my wife and I realized that we're making enough from book sales that we can start using that money to fund new creative projects. One of those ideas that I've been cooking up for the past year or so was building a modern publishing company for other sci-fi/speculative fiction authors like me. So that's what we're setting out to do: we're building Proton Reader. Our first submission window will begin January 1st, 2022, …
Notes from the Grindstone
Some updates on a new publishing project and a sneak peek into my writing process.
The Submissions Begin
I'm packaging up some finished stories to submit to magazines.
The myth of the distraction-free writing environment/software/tool/thing
We'll never find a truly distraction-free thing to write in because the distractions are not coming from the computer, they're coming from inside our mind. Instead of framing the problem as needing to repel something, I am trying to frame the problem as needing to be more disciplined. Without discipline there is no output, and without output there are no stories (despite my crowded mind assuring me otherwise). I have to come to terms with …
The Inaugural Post
Getting into the flow of monthly updates, reading and recommending other anthologies, and more!