Yes, it’s another late blog post. Better late than never? Sometimes I wonder. But whenever I go more than a full week without posting (without a good reason), I start feeling like I’m getting lazy. So if you’re reading this, I guess that makes you a part of my self-discipline regimen. Or maybe it’s better if I think of you as therapy. However you want to view it, I’ve developed the blogging habit to the point that I feel guilty whenever I go a week without posting something.
I decided to start “Website Wednesdays” in June of 2015, and was determined to post at least once a week, unless something in my schedule prevented me from doing so. My first such post came a few days later with the first such weekly post on June 24th. Since that date, there have been 102 weeks. You’ll note, however, that this is only WW68. That gives me a rather abysmal 67% success rate. (sigh)
All right, that’s enough self-flagellation. I’ll just have to do better. Moving on…
…To more upbeat things. Like the fact that Year 12 just got its first review! And it’s a good one! WOOHOO!! I can’t speak for all writers (obviously), but any time I release something new, there’s a mental and emotional roller coaster that goes on inside me. Many other authors I’ve spoken to have the same issue. It’s an offshoot of something called impostor syndrome, wherein we’re halfway convinced that we have no talent, and that this will be the project that convinces people that we’re nothing more than delusional hacks who have simply fooled you into buying our little pieces of drek, and that this will be the last time anyone will ever want to see our work ever again, and we might as well jump off a cliff becausenothingwedoisevergoingtomatter… and then…. someone writes a review. If we’re lucky, it’s a good review, like the one Year 12 just received.
Now, I’m not foolish enough to think that they will all be good. I’ve received my fair share of bad reviews. But it truly sucks to start the review cycle that way. I guess we writers are little more than needy children at heart, striving for the approval of others. All I know is that I’m breathing a little easier now after this review. At least I know that someone liked the book. So thank you “Quiltingnana”, whoever you are. Thank you for your kind words, and for bringing me back from the ledge.
And that brings me to the weekly updates –
Year 12 – Y12 is officially out in both print and kindle. In addition, I’ve put the script out on ACX to begin taking auditions for the audio book. In my experience so far, that’s a pretty long process, so it’s unlikely to produce any fruit for a few months yet. Still, I look forward to being able to offer it in the future. So I guess it’s time to move Y12 from the “Current Projects” folder and into the “Completed Projects”. I suppose this also means that it’s time to remove the title from these weekly status updates and remove the progress meter from the side bar to the right.
End Point Pangaea – For the moment, EPP is once again my primary WIP. I hope to once again start making serious progress on getting this one out, and unless something else happens, I hope to have the first draft done in about a month.
FSJ – I have up to this point referred to this as the “Sekrit Projekt”. The proposed book now has a tentative title, and as such, you will notice that the progress widget has changed from FSJ to RRH. I know, I know, it’s confusing. But since the projekt doesn’t really exist yet, it doesn’t really matter, right? And the reality is that the only thing this really means is that I have mentally given the proposed project (a project that may or may not be given the green light) a name (that may or may not be accepted). However, since there is still no word on whether or not it is actually going to become reality, I still can’t say anything about it (other than to drop these vague clues). However, I’m keeping my fingers crossed, and hope to have something more concrete to say soon.
And that’s enough. Time to get back to work. So once again, stay safe, and I’ll talk to you again soon.