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Simradax! Salvete! Welcome!

You have discovered Green Sky Press. I'm your host, Leo D. Orionis, and I'm pleased to see you. GSP (Green Sky Press) is where I publish my science fiction and fantasy, poems and songs, fiction and non-fiction online. This site's been down for a few years, but I'm retired now and putting it back together. Soon all the previous material will be here, and a lot more besides, possibly including a blog and a web comic. At present this is a one-man effort, so please be patient.

Right now this page is the whole site, but early in 2018 there will be sections for poetry, for books, for stories, and so forth, and then there will be buttons on this page to get to the sections of this site. I'm holding myself to a higher standard than I did before, so everything needs to be rewritten, or at least reformatted, to be "good enough" to appear here. The first items to appear will be poems I've written, going back to 1968 or thereabouts.

I spent November of 2017 rewriting and improving my first novel, "The Reborn Princess Caper," as part of the National Novel Writing Month (NaNo WriMo) on Daily Kos, and that will be up shortly, too. I also plan to participate in their January effort, but I haven't decided whether to rewrite my second novel, "The Last-Minute Queen", put together a collection of short stories, or finish one of my other novels that's never been completed before.

Call yourself a writer?

Someone asked me once, when we were talking about various jobs we'd had, what I considered myself to be at the end of the day. Not what I did for a living, but who I was. I told him I'm a writer. I write stories, novels, poems, songs, web pages, and computer programs. You might object that an author, a poet, a lyricist, a web-site designer, and a computer programmer are five different things, and they use a different mix of skills. But it all feels like language to me; and I'm good at languages.

(On reflection, I'd add mathematics and music to the list, too.)

Simply put, I've been a reader from so young an age that I don't remember learning to read, and I've wanted to write for as long as I've been able to read. This Green Sky Press site is where I publish things for anyone and everyone to read.

So why not get published for real?

Sometimes people read my latest story and pay me the compliment of suggesting that I find an agent and get "really" published. I consider something published when it appears on this site. After all, the point of publication has always been to put the writing out where people can read it. Online publication gives your work a potential audience of everyone in the world!

Online publication is also free of commercial pressure. To publish a book on paper involves a large number of costly steps:

(1) Manufacture the paper,
(2) Manufacture the ink,
(3) Print the pages,
(4) Bind the pages into books,
(5) Ship the books to the publisher, who
(6) Ships the books to the distributor, who
(7) Ships the books to the book stores, who
(8) Put the books on the shelf and try to sell them.

Everyone along the way has to make a profit to stay in business.

But I'm not a businessman, I've never been interested in being a businessman, and I've never cared about money, as long as I had enough to pay the rent, buy food, etc. I'm a writer, and my lasting passion is to write. Like a musician who publishes his songs online, publishing my writing online means I can forget about profit and concentrate on my art. That might not work for everyone, but it's what I care about.

With online publication, as long as I can afford a computer, my annual domain fee, and monthly hosting fees, my costs have been met. As long as each of my readers can afford a computer and a monthly internet connection, they're good, too. Actually, in a lot of the world, a reader can drop into a library and use a computer for free, or visit an internet cafe and rent a machine there for very little per hour.

Publishing my work online also frees me from having to satisfy professional agents, editors, publishers, critics, and other people who want money because they know the market better than I do. Since I'm not on the market, their opinions and desires don't concern me. I don't have to change any titles, add or delete any scenes, make my work more sexy or dumber, or include car chases to interest movie producers. On the other hand, if I feel the need to kill everyone off or blow up a planet or two, that's entirely up to me.

Please don't think I don't care about anyone else's opinions. Far from it! If you spot a mistake (factual, grammatical, spelling, or whatever), please write me and let me know. I'll be grateful and I'll thank you right here on the site for your help. But I'm the writer here, and this is my writing. Only I can decide what I write and what I publish here. Comprehendisne?

Artists Wanted

There should be lots more pictures on my site. Alas, I can't draw! I have a good sense of composition and color, and I can do quite a bit in a technical-draftsman sort of way with the GIMP (the GNU/Linux Image Manipulation Program). But while that might let me publish a chart of timelines or an orbital schematic, it won't stretch to character portraits or action scenes.

So I'm looking for artists to draw pictures to scatter through my site: Covers, scenes, illustrations, artwork of all kind. If you're an artist and would like to make some money, send me e-mail. It won't make your fortune, but I won't cheat you, either.

If you're not an artist, but you know someone who is, please have him or her write to me. Thanks!

I'd also like to collaborate with someone on a webcomic. I have lots more plots than I can write in any reasonable time. One or two of them could be moving forward at the rate of two or three pages or strips per week, while I went on writing other stuff. I would pay up front by the page, and share equally any revenues from subscribers, etc. If we work together regularly, you'll get half the rights to the finished work, too.

I love to get mail

Please let me know what you think. I welcome your comments! If you have a critique or a question about anything here, find a spelling error, etc., please send email to "leo AT leoorionis DOT com". If you find an HTML or CSS error, or just want to talk, I'd enjoy that too.

You can subscribe to this site's mailing list, if you wish, and I'll send you email whenever I restore content from the old version of this site, or add new material. Just write to me and let me know. I get a lot of email from Amnesty International, the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Sierra Club, etc., so you might want to include "Web site" or "GSP" in the subject line to make your message stand out.

When you tell me you want to be on the mailing list, I'll send you a reply letting you know I got it, and another whenever I add something here. You can also subscribe to just some of the material; perhaps you'll decide you're only interested in the poetry, or only the stories and novels. Just let me know! And, of course, you can "unsubscribe" whenever you wish, just by sending me another email message.

All mail received here will be assumed to be for publication unless you tell us otherwise. Mail will be published on this site, or not published, at my sole discretion. In other words, if I get mail from anyone, I'll consider it for publication unless you say, "don't publish this." But even if it is for publication, I don't have to publish it if I decide not to. I hope that's clear.

Pax et Gaudium — Leo David Orionis
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