Read This First

I know it’s a bit silly to have a “read this first” page that goes up months after the first entries, but it’s something that honestly just hit me.

I have two main areas at the moment. One is about writing and my efforts on that front, the other is a sort of writer’s guide to firearms that is meant as a resource to answer questions other writers may have.

It wasn’t until I actually went to my own blog and looked at it that I realized that when I do a firearm entry it goes up with no explanation and that that must look damn odd to people coming here thinking it’s a blog about writing.

Rest assured, even though the firearms pages are more numerous now, the site really is about writing.

Here’s how it happened.

Back in 2009, I signed up for the National Novel Writing Month contest. If you’re not familiar with it, all you really need to know is that it’s a challenge to see of you can write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November, and that it happens every year. The other thing you need to know is that there are a LOT of people that try for it each year, and there are forums for those people to ask questions and try out ideas.

One of the things I learned that year was that a lot of people have questions about guns, and that a lot of people think they know the answers to those questions. I ended up spending a lot of time correcting answers that ranged from a little bit off, to totally wrong. I wasn’t alone in that either. There were a few other people that I learned actually knew what they were talking about.

In 2010, the old forums were wiped clean and the new challenge began. By mid October, I’d answered a few questions  about six different times, and I finally got tired of re-writing, cutting and pasting, and just looking for my previous posts. That was when I decided to make use of the blog I’d started back in January but did nothing with.

I’m still adding to the firearms sections, but the key thing to remember is that it’s not a guide to guns, it’s a guide to writing about them.

All of those posts are tagged “Firearm Guide”, while the writing posts will be tagged “Writing”.

Sorry for any confusion.