I write–mostly science fiction–and I think about things.  Just about anything that’s on my mind can end up here.

I try to keep all the major sources for my ebooks (and some collections in print as well, through Amazon) in the right sidebar.  If you’ve found a source that I have not included—ESPECIALLY if you’re in a market outside the USA—please click ‘TALK TO ME’ at the top of the page and give me the link so I can include it.  I do not have a translator.  I am entirely self-published and do not have that kind of backing.  But if you read in English, I want to help you find my stories if you’d like to read them.

I live on a shoestring (figuratively, of course. Literally, that would be silly), with my wife and three kids and cat (occasionally two or three cats, depending on which felines in the neighborhood wander where in what season).  I live on a shoestring because, at 42 years of age (in late 2012) I did indeed become the answer to life.  Not life, the universe, and everything, as Douglas Adams would have it.  But the answer to my own life.  I figured out what I want to do when I grow up.

I want to write.

After discovering that, my wife hatched a nefarious plot, and I… well, I went along with it because it sounded neat, and insane, and most of all, it sounded PROMISING.  It wasn’t just that I wasn’t enjoying what I was doing, although it increasingly didn’t excite me.  My previous job had begun to hurt.  Physically hurt.

So I (gulp) quit my job, which was very physical and draining, which made it very difficult to write and also was slowly destroying my body (I have degenerative osteoarthritis in one hip, advanced enough and eroded enough by my former work that I now routinely use a cane as I go about my daily business).  My wife and I enrolled in university (she at the undergraduate level, and I at the graduate level).  And I started to write as much as possible.

We are in a race against time.  I am writing as much as possible, hoping that I can write enough and well enough to convince so many of you to buy my books that by the time we graduate I can afford to write full time, pay back student loans, and support my family.

If you’d like to help me, you can buy some of my books.  I surely do appreciate it.

If you can’t afford to buy any books, read some of the free ones.  It does help, because it bumps them up the ranks and makes all of my work easier for others to find.  Especially if you review them, or simply tell a fellow reader that you liked them.

In any event: thank you for reading.  Without you, I have no hope.

—S.A. Barton

  1. Thanks for following my blog, and the best of luck with your writing 🙂 !

  2. Wow, that’s really heartbreaking man. I’m not really in a position to help considering I’m a student myself, but best of luck man. Thanks for liking and following me.

    • Thanks to you, too, for reading and taking the time to say hello.

      And I did mean it when I said just reading my free stuff helps. Blips my work up the ranks a smidge and makes it easier for others to find me. This indie author thing develops in itty bitty baby steps like that.

      So please do check out some of my cost-free stuff and I promise even a tight budget like yours or mine can stand free. And it does help, and I am thankful for *everyone* who reads *anything* I do.

      Peace, and good luck with the academics. –S.A.

  3. Man, you have just burst into my list of people I admire with a bang. You and your wife are really fantastically courageous and inspiring. Makes me a little envious, because I’ve been planning something a little akin to what your doing, and for similar reasons (I’m on immune suppressants for ankylosing spondylitis which cost a fortune and I’ll probably lose when I leave the work that I think makes them necessary), but I wonder if I won’t chicken out when the time comes that I have to take the plunge or quit my plans.
    All the best and I’ll be sure to check out some of your work.

    • Wow, thanks for the kind words. This hasn’t been an easy path, I’ll admit… but the alternative wasn’t any easier. At least this way, I have a shot to live a little dream.
      All the best with your dreams, too — and please drop me a line whether you go about them all crazy like I’ve done, or you go a more measured route.

      —S.A. Barton

  4. Hey! Thanks for being the first to follow my blog and the first to like my first post. Lotsa firsts! I just followed your blog and followed you on Twitter. 😀

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