Boy, it's been a while since I wrote a blog post. I haven't felt the need to post any "life updates", because Larissa has been doing such a great job of that over on her blog (a far better job than I could hope to do, in fact). She posts all kinds of photos and everything!
On the writing front, my output has obviously decreased significantly since the first half of 2012, so I haven't had much to update there, either. I'm still putting out a chapter each week for Special People, though I took a break over Christmas, but any SP-related news items that come up get posted on that site, not here. (You should probably follow along over there, by the way. There's been more progress on the comic project lately, and the current storyline is approaching its finale sequence.) I hope to put a few more interactive opportunities out there for people to get involved with soon, as well.
The Year of Stories is still on indefinite hiatus, and my Lucas Galloway novel is still somewhat in limbo. I don't have the time or creative energy available to me right now to work on multiple projects at once, so in order for me to return to either of those I think I'm going to have to take a break for Special People, which is perhaps something I'll do while the comic is posting, whenever that happens to be.
Something I really should get around to doing soon is compiling 50-Word Stories: Volume Three. All of the material exists on the site already, and I have the cover art, etc., so I just need to choose which stories to include, put the cover and some sort of essay together, and release it. I've been putting it off far too long, and it's about time it went on my actual To-Do List. If I haven't gotten it done by mid-February, someone give my a kick!
Beyond all of these things, life rolls on. I finished Volume 1 of Don Quixote last week, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I want to wait until I've read Volume 2 before adding it to my 50 Best Novels list; I've heard that the second volume takes on a somewhat different tone than the first, and I think that may affect how highly I rank it. I wouldn't be surprised to see it land in the top 10 eventually, though.
There are plenty more books out there, including several on my shelves, that I'd like to get around to reading, and I'm going to try to share a few thoughts on them as I finish each one, if for no other reason than to make better use of this space, so that it doesn't sit quite so idle, and also to get my brain and fingers used to more frequent writing again.
P.S. Hockey is back! Hooray!
What have I been up to lately? My blog hasn't been very revealing on that front, so here's an attempt to shed some light on my current authorial state of being.
You may have noticed that my fiction output has dropped off dramatically over the past couple of months. There are multiple reasons for that. Losing Freight ended, I completed Year Three of Fifty-Word Stories, and I took a break from the Year of Stories to recharge my batteries. Basically, the natural endings of a couple of projects coincided with some creative burnout. Any reasonable person could have seen that coming, probably: writing 12 unique posts per week (averaging over 8,000 words) across four different "franchises", while also trying to make headway on my novel, was way too much.
I think I can improve on my current output (I'm only working actively on Special People right now), but by the time I'm ready to ramp things up again, some life circumstances may change, and the time I have available for writing may be diminished. So I don't want to make any promises or predictions about timelines on different projects, but I do want to assure people that I intend to finish off the Year of Stories eventually, and put together Fifty-Word Stories: Volume Three, and do enough rewrites/tweaks to Losing Freight and the early Special People story arcs to make them publishable, and...
Yeah. See my problem?
I've also been podcasting every week (and then every other week, except for some recent inconsistencies), but I think it's time to put that little side project to rest. The effort-to-audience ratio isn't high enough to justify it right now.
I want to thank everyone for their support and patience while I try to get some of the big items on my to-do list checked off. I hope you're enjoying the new Special People content I put out twice a week, and as soon as I'm able to start getting more new stories out to you, I intend to do so. Until then, I'll do my best to keep everyone updated on my progress towards the various releases I'm working on.
WeSeWriMo, which is run by the web serial community site EpiGuide, runs annually during the month of August. This will be its sixth straight year. WeSeWriMo was inspired by the ever-popular National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). But where NaNoWriMo challenges authors to complete a 50,000-word novel in a single month, WeSeWriMo is designed to be adaptable to the unique challenges and opportunities of web serialization. Just as web serials come in a wide variety of formats, genres, and release schedules, the goals WeSeWriMo participants can pursue are entirely customizable. The idea is that each participant can set their own targets, based on their regular output. The WeSeWriMo website suggests aiming for 150% of your regular output as an example target, so if you're used to releasing 4 episodes of your series in a month, try to write 6 episodes, instead, and add them to your backlog. Another goal could be to write 1,000 words per day for the entire month, or you could come up with something completely different to try for, as long as your target is "ambitious yet realistic".
In my own case, I've decided to set a couple of different types of targets. I normally write and post two 1,000-word chapters per week for Special People, but in my official registration post on the EpiGuide forums, I laid out the following three goals:
Goal #1: Write 15 chapters (15,000 words)
Goal #2: Outline the next story arc.
Goal #3: Prepare the first Special People book for release.
If you're interested in taking part in WeSeWriMo yourself, check out the official website.
I received a package in the mail today, and lo and behold, it contained 20 copies of my new book, BECOMING!
I'll be shipping those out to everyone who's ordered one over the next few days. If you haven't purchased a copy yet, get on it! They're only $11.99 in my Store, and if you get BECOMING along with its predecessor, DISCOVERY, you can save a lot on the combined shipping.
You may have noticed that I haven't posted a podcast for this week, when by the normal schedule there should have been one up yesterday. I apologize for that, and I intend to make up for it next week. The explanation is that I'm visiting with family for the weekend, and didn't have time on Friday to do the podcast before leaving home. I suggested on Twitter that I might still be able to do so, but obviously that was wishful thinking...
Larissa, Calvin, and I are enjoying our time away, though, and I'll be sure to share not only a podcast soon, but also some pictures and maybe even videos of how we've been spending our time lately.