Sometimes one must have to take a break from things, even those things that we love doing. When you compound that with a story that hits the ditch and has to be put up for retooling, the breaks become even more important.
It’s been about two years since I started working on the sequel to Parallax and after many distractions and some plot problems, I’ve decided to wipe it all out and start over. Now I know that there’s always some salvageable nuggets buried within but this time I think it’s the right course of action.
I also realize that it’s been quite a while since I updated the blog and I intend on making up for lost time.
Thanks to those who have hung in there and your patience will be rewarded soon. That is my promise to you.
Yep, you’re reading this correctly: I’ve decided to take a (hopefully) brief hiatus from working on the blog to concentrate more on my writing projects. As much fun as it has been, it’s become a distraction and distractions I already have by the truckload. I’ll still pop in from time to time to announce release dates and whatnot but the day to day stuff you’ll have to wait for until I come back.
I’m pleased to announce that I broke 40,000 words on Lights and Shadows today and I couldn’t be more pleased. I could, but that won’t be until The First Draft is done and I start editing. I’ll admit that the lag in getting this beast tamed is mostly due to me being distracted by promoting my other books on Amazon and my soon-to-be-ending obsession with studying the sales rankings to see how they are performing.
I’ve known for a long time that I perform best when I ignore outside advice (which often turns out badly), stop fixating on what others are doing, and generally do my own thing. I don’t write by consensus and never needed anyone to tell me how to write. Point of Fact, selling books (or not) isn’t my main focus. It never has been.
I write because I love to write. Period, end of story. As long as people know that I’m putting out new stories, that’s enough for me. Yes, of course, I’d love to make a living at it, but I’m not a storytelling machine and I don’t care all that much about making money at writing. I’ll worry about the money aspect when I start to make enough at it to make it an issue.
Anyway, back to the grind. I’ve made some serious progress and I want to keep that momentum going. Thanks for your time. 🙂
When I started this thing back in late 2014, I never expected it to grow to the extent that it has and I have to say THANK YOU to everyone who decided to come along for the ride. It’s almost two years later and it hasn’t stopped being a blast.
Read all you want. I’ll post more. Love ya’s all. 🙂
For the longest time, I kept Word Press’s Editor Theme because initially I didn’t want anything to distract from what I was posting.
And, for a time, it served its purpose well.
But then I started thinking that if the words were good, why not show them in the best light possible? Plus, I had used that theme for almost two years and it was definitely time for a change. I don’t make major alterations lightly so this will probably stay in place for another two years or so. Or until I get that “Change it, Change it now” Itch…hehe.
I hope you all enjoy the new look because I’m going back to The Writing now. After all, they don’t write themselves. 🙂
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. I’ve thought about a name change for a while and settled on this one. The content will remain the same, but I think the new title better reflects the material being presented. Apologies for anyone having to update their bookmarks. 🙂
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