Hello and Welcome!

Hey there, Dear Readers! I humbly welcome all the new followers this year so far and want to thank you all, new and old, for following and reading. Listen, I sometimes don’t know exactly what I’m doing with this blog space here — hell, I can’t even settle on a permanent name or layout, but I know I totally appreciate you letting it scroll across your eyes from time to time.

There are many reasons people start blogs, of course. The general idea for this blog when I started it over on Blogger back in 2009 was primarily to get me to write somewhat regularly and keep my diction and syntax sharp because I learned the hard way that going long periods without writing with purpose regularly can severely affect the quality of prose for your fiction. Yet, little did I know that writing nonfiction (i.e. journalism, blogging and social media) more often than writing fiction would have an adverse affect on one’s own literature. But that’s a separate topic for another day.

The secondary purpose for this blog is about connecting with other interesting people and intellectual minds, sharing our thoughts, interests, passions, gripes and ideas with each other, and more. So the intent was always for this to be an interactive forum as well. As some of you already know, I write, I read, I rock — sometimes all at the same time. I’m a literary rockin’ bookworm, if you will. So I also like sharing what I’m reading, writing, listening to, what I’m doing creatively, what I’m thinking, what I’m watching and what I’m creating and working on creatively. Y’know, normal blog stuff.

Of course you can learn more on the About page and the bio/credits page. You can sample a small portion of my fiction/lyrics/poetry work in the library or sample a small portion of my music on the virtual jukebox.

Starting this week (today in fact) I will be doing a weekly Q&A with myself, and also starting this week I will have the first part of a trilogy Q&A/Guest Blog session with friend and author Jennifer Macaire. Be sure to check it out.

Recently I added widgets to the site layout that showcases the other WP bloggers I follow and am friendly with so make sure you check those fine folks out when you get a chance and maybe give’em a follow too. You should also check out the Guest Blog section where the cool kids have left their own interesting mark.

Okay, this went on longer than planned. Have a wonderful rest of the week and I’ll be seeing ya around.

-B.

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Station ID and Warm Welcome

~ In lieu of the weekly Sunday Thinkbook this week ~

cropped-headshot.jpgThis is #RUCKOLOGY @ brandonrucker dot com. Welcome and thanks for reading.

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these kinds of check-ins. The page has picked up quite a few followers in the past year since, that I thought I’d do a quick shout-out to welcome all the new folks here and to thank you all for following.

Brief history about this blog: I finally got around to starting a blog in late 2009 just as I started publishing poetry and short fiction again. Inspired by the semi-daily blogging of British author Warren Ellis (who has now moved on to a weekly newsletter instead), I wanted to have a public forum with which to share my creative exploits and muse about this n’ that. Typical reasons, right? The other main purpose was to have a place where I am forced to perform as a writer on a regular basis because writing publicly forces you to stay sharp and always write well.

I started out over on Google’s Blogger, calling the site simply Brandon Rucker Writes. I didn’t get heavily active on it until 2011. Flash forward to 2013 when I finally migrated over to WordPress, importing everything from BRW on Blogger to here. The rest, they say, is history. So over the last few years it’s become a place for great expression of thoughts and ideas, a cognitive download depot or sorts. Something I own that I can stay creative and skew it to my needs.

Admittedly I’m the kind of person who is very progressive-minded and believes in continuous improvement, so I’m constantly adjusting things here because new ideas and approaches never stop arriving in this overactive noggin of mine. At some point in doing this site I got a little category-happy, plus I’m a serial junkie. A glance at the menu down the left side there shows a rather complex navigation. Here are few notes to get you familiar with the haps here.

About – Bio & Publishing Credits

The Books

  • Daybook – a serial of random any day events
  • Lifebook – s serial of random life events worth spotlighting
  • Notebook – a serial of random notes on-the-fly
  • Thinkbook – a serial of weekly brainjuice leakage
  • Workbook – a serial of mostly monthly creative work updates

Got a few new ones coming soon, their titles should be self-evident: Advicebook, Artbook, Cinemabook, Photobook, Showbook (TV) and Quotebook.

The Boxes

  • MusicBox – a serial of me playing virtual DJ/VJ and music geek commentary
  • ComicsBox – A spotlight on notable comics. Debuts this week.

The Journals

If you’ve made it this far, I know what you’re thinking. I know, I see you shaking your head over there. IKR? It’s very likely there’s going to come a time (with any luck) when I’m going to be too busy creatively to maintain regular output here. It will be a good problem to have in the grand scheme of things, though. But seriously, thanks for reading.

Also some linkage if you so desire to follow my exploits abroad:

That about covers it. And by all means, do drop me your linkage as well so I can reciprocate.

So there’s a lot going on and I’ve got plenty on my mind of late, so I may fire off a Thinkbook entry tomorrow. In a couple of hours I’ll be off to see Suicide Squad this evening. Maybe I’ll have a Cinemabook entry on that as well. Again, thanks for your time and attention. Do come back for more.

-BLR

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Check-In and Station Identification

Firstly, thank you for visiting and taking the time to read anything that I post here. No writer writes without the expectation – no scratch that – the dire, insatiable NEED for a reading audience. Any writer who writes publicly expects to not do so in a vacuum nor toil solitarily in a void of obscurity. So that said, I greatly appreciate your clicks, your eyes and your precious time. When I first set out to create Ruckerpedia, which is the natural successor to the old Brandon Rucker Writes blog (2009-2014) over on Blogger, the initial compulsion was to create a kind of one-stop-shop, or comprehensive resource and online headquarters for yours truly. All details and connections to my fiction (new and old), journalism, commentary, creative nonfiction, musings, poetry, music, etc. And that’s still the case, but I also would like to make this more of a daily living, breathing thing, similar to my Facebook timeline and group pages, which unfortunately get the bulk of my online time due to their aspects of community and most of all ease of use (if you’ve ever tried to manage a website/blog with a phone app, you know what I mean here).  For those of you new to the program, welcome. It’s good to have you. Much more to come today and the next few days because there’s much writing work underway and I’m itching to tell you all about it.

In the meantime just scroll on to explore recent posts, or use the Menu & Widgets button to access the navigation links. See you soon. Be good to each other.

Station ID - Jul 2015

 

Check-in and Station Identification

Hope everyone had a happy Mother’s Day yesterday.  This month’s The Rucker Report update takes a bye week this week while I tend to a long laundry list of things to do, both creative and mundane (and some of which is technical and will be included in the details later).  May’s TRR will properly transmit next Monday (however you can expect other posts of interest this week as I increase activity here at Ruckerpedia HQ).  Until then y’all be good to one another . . . and here’s a Station ID for the fun of it. – BLR

Station ID - May 2015