Hello, friends! It’s been a while. I didn’t intend to fall off the face of the earth, but life happened. Since much of it relates to writing and books, I’ll give you the highlights.
1) I abandoned the Robin Hood project.
This was probably the biggest contributor to my lack of blogging. You saw how much I struggled with this project, and how much I wanted it to succeed. In the end, I realised I was putting myself through too much emotional turmoil and dropped the story. Maybe someday I’ll come back to it, but if I do, it will be for myself. Without the pressure of publication, I might be able to have fun with it again.
2) The Pride and Prejudice with Elves story is gathering steam.
The seed for this was planted by Rebecca last summer when we were reading The Silmarillion while she was editing Against His Will. The idea burrowed its way into my brain, and it’s something I’d really like to write.
3) I’m shifting the focus of my writing slightly.
Since going the full-time author route, I haven’t enjoyed writing. I alluded to it above, and I’ll say it outright here. The pressure to produce something that will sell killed my creativity. This winter and spring were difficult as I slowly realised the life I’d planned for myself wasn’t really going to happen.
This week I landed a part-time job, and today I made a big decision. Except for the project I’ve already promised–the Christmas novella–I am not going to write with the intent to publish. I am going to write because it’s fun and I have stories I want to tell.
The funny thing is, I’ll probably come up with things I want to publish. This isn’t me saying you won’t see any more books from me. This is me saying I won’t be talking about projects and marketing non-stop. I just can’t, for my emotional wellbeing.
4) I’ll be blogging less frequently.
Right now, my thought is one post a week. It might relate to what I’m working on, or a book I’m reading, or someplace I visited that inspired a story idea. I might share something that I read online with you.
This circles back to the other main reason I stopped blogging. I ran out of topics. Everything was about writing and my projects, and I didn’t have anything new to say. If I broaden my scope to include other relevant but perhaps less directly tied in subjects, I think I can have a fun time with it again.
So, hello and thank you for letting me back into your world. Keep an eye out for me on Tuesday when I have a special announcement.