As I was updating the website (http://www.wwcassjr.com), it occurred to me while I was removing a Mailing List Option that was doing nothing and changing some center icons in favor of those more useful to visitors that by listening to some “How to” people out there that I was straying from why I took my writing this far.
The truth is that I don’t write to sell books or make money. I write because I love to write and seeing my books in print and digital versions gives me a personal thrill that I’ve not been able to match anywhere else. Having an audience is nice but when you consider that tastes change, that particular joy waxes and wanes faster than The Moon on Turbo Lattes. That’s it, nothing flashy about it. I firmly believe in the saying about doing what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. There’s a lot of truth in that expression.
Everything I do creatively contributes to my experience as a Writer. The more I do, the better I get, and I’m finding that when I shift focus to stuff like sales rankings, royalty amounts, etc, I feel like I move a little bit off the path I chose for myself a long time ago.
So, no more promotional posts for a while because I can get more done through writing and publishing my stories. Eventually, I’ll catch the right person’s eye and the Universe will make a correction in my favor.
I’d rather be true to myself and keep juggling than do something that I don’t feel right with.
Now that May is upon me, I feel the need to wrap up some old storylines that have been floating around the blog for a while. Most of them were one-offs to experiment with certain story segments that I wanted to practice. Some, however, were intended to go somewhere but for one reason or another didn’t. I’ve gone back and selected three that I will be finishing this month in between Lights and Shadows and the Parallax Sequels:
1) Academy Days: This is the prequel series featuring a younger John Pratt during his time with the United Earth Union Navy Academy. It seemed a shame to only write three episodes so there’s more to come.
2) Dark Ocean: Originally, this was a bit that I did as a free writing exercise that I did in my “Story Time” post and I left it hanging. I don’t like hanging scenes.
3) Leviathan Sleeps: I’ll probably change a bunch of things in it to reflect The Stardivers Storyline that I was fleshing out in my Idea Folder. I might even change the title, but I haven’t decided yet.
The original posts are still archived, but leaving those particular characters in Limbo never sat well with me so it’s off to the races.