It’s been a year…

Hello folks!

I don’t know how many of the 700+ followers of this blog are even real people (that seems like a lot to me), but I will confess to those who followed it for some reason or another… that I totally forgot this page even existed.

That’s kinda what my year has been like. Busy. But for those of you interested in such things, I can at least let you know about recent, current, and upcoming projects.

First up, I published a middle-grade novel that had been sitting on my computer for about 4 years. Originally written for my own kids, it is called Persnickety Jones and the Pirates of Undertoe and is an adventure story about a girl who goes in search of her brother who was sucked down the bathtub drain. So far my kids, their teachers, some random adults, and the school librarian seem to love it. You can check it out here:

https://www.amazon.com/Persnickety-Pirates-Undertoe-Robert-Ottoman-ebook/dp/B07WHRV7YP

Yes, that’s me. I wrote it under a pen name, so as to not send eager happy kids racing towards the Gandersnitch books. Nothing wrong with those books, save for some adult implications and a few bad words, but I don’t want any angry letters from parents.

With the reception this book has received so far (including an invitation to come talk to about 200 4th and 5th graders about writing) it might be time to pick up a literary agent and make a real go of this career. Which I can focus on AFTER my next project is complete…

That project is Scouts of the Wyrdwood Forest, a tabletop RPG about magical kids exploring the enchanted wood, earning badges, and saving the Fae. This one is on Kickstarter right now (for 14 more days) and is fully funded (which means it is going to happen.) You can check it out here:

For those of you who are thinking, “That looks cool, but I will just pick it up in person.” Don’t count on it. I am not planning to do any more outdoor shows for a while, and the print run on this book is going to be very small. Just enough books to satisfy the backers, unless we hit a much higher goal and are able to do a full print run of 1,000 books. So yeah, if you want it – you probably need to back it.

Lastly, I am super busy these days, running the boy to school in the morning, picking both kids up in the afternoon, driving the boy to ballet classes in Columbus, the girl to taekwondo locally, hosting trivia every Thursday night at The Forge Tavern (a great board gaming bar in Columbus on Bethel Rd.), and running a booth for friends (Armory Games) at the Ohio Ren Fair on Saturdays!

Plus the following cons and shows:

I have also been summoned for jury duty in November. I have been told that sitting at the courthouse waiting to be assigned is an excellent time to write. We will see…

I may have to drag another old story out of cold storage, dust it off, and toss it out to the wolves again. I can’t write new stuff unless I have absolute silence. I have to be able to hear my characters think…

Anyhow, whoever you are, I hope you are well and thanks for reading this. See you next year! (Or maybe sooner. No promises.)
-Robert

1 comment for “It’s been a year…

  1. September 25, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Great to hear things are moving along! I look forward to my kids growing up, and also dread it, haha! I hate the thought of writing less and being taken away from making books, but such is life, eh? I’m part of the way through Persnickity Jones, Cinci Con and editing my latest book has gotten in the way. So glad kids are loving it! Good luck with writing at the court house 😉

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