I've always considered that verse from Ecclesiastes as a wizened justification for fishing, whether for real or metaphorically. You take your best shot. Give it a try and see what happens. The background explanation as found in The Phrase Finder (website) backs up that interpretation. It's a phrase I often applied in my life as I've ventured here and there, trying this and that. Sometimes there's a positve return, sometimes not.
Well, this weekend, I've ventured out again and cast another loaf of bread (or handful of rice) on the murky waters. After much thought, drafting, and test emailing, I've finally launched The Dentville Stories Newsletter. It is a FREE newsletter to subscribers that is part of my promotional campaign for my novel-in-the-works, Dentville: The Ancients' Legacy.
This newsletter is meant to bolster, along with the Dentville web page and all my blog writtings about it, the novel I've had in the works for quite some time. Now, as it firms and takes shape, I wanted a medium to reach potential readers that I can use to earn their interest and fandom. The newsletter will be put out monthly (more or less) and will feature a flash fiction about a major character from the novel. The first issue's story decribes an event in the life of my main protagonist, Zane Landstrom, that leads to his status of apprentice sage in the opening of Dentville: The Ancients' Legacy.
The newsletter also contains links to news articles (and other items) found on the Internet that are relevant to the themes of the Dentville stories. These are themes of climate change, ecology, civilization's collapse and sustainable living. They form a framework for story's atmosphere that I hope will be enlightening and provide food for thought to readers. But even if you're not so interested in the ecological underpinnings, I hope you'll find a rousing story here.
The Dentville stories are set in the future of some two hundred years hence. The earth's climate has warmed, building energy faster than anyone imagined until it released it all in a series of superstorms that ended with an ice age. The few human survivors huddle in the warmer latitudes and try to carry on.
But people are still people. Will they learn from their history of casting "taker" bread on the waters (see my review of Ishmael) with a return of materialism and violence? Will anybody? I expect there will be plenty trying to recreate our technological way of life, or what they can learn of it from the ruins. The neo-hunter-gathers will be their fodder for empire building. Who will win out this time?
My young protagonist, Zane Landstrom, comes of age in this new, old struggle. Following him, we watch the story unfold. And you can begin to learn that story through the flash fictions in The Dentville Stories Newsletter, punctuated with the great artwork of Debra Grayson.
My hopes are for the success of my Dentville stories, with that success measured in the souls they touch and inspire (though sales will be helpful too). But for now, the freebies are aplenty with all my stories out there at no cost (other than Davis and the Goth).
I hope I've piqued your interest enough to keep following this blog, check out the Dentville: The Ancients' Legacy web page (it will change as the project progresses), and subscribe to The Dentville Stories Newsletter.
This is the bread I've cast.