Two weeks is a long time to go between posts. In fact, when I visit my favorite authors’ websites and blogs (Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Larry Correia), I get upset when they go for long periods of time without providing any sort of update. In Sanderson’s case, he might have written an entire new novella in that time and now I’m one book down on the Cosmere’s progression. So I decided I would not be a hypocrite and I would strive to update my blog roll once a week. I did really well with this when I had a blog series I was doing, but without weekly topics I don’t do as well. But I will persevere.
I thought, however, that I would take a minute to explain why there has been a lack of updates on the blog and writing front over the last few weeks. First and foremost, stress has gone up a lot in my daily life. The day job has become ten times as demanding as it was before as we ramp up mortgages and we’re down one of the three employees (including me) who do mortgages. Mortgages in general are stressful on the financing end (on any end really) and so that has made it so my desire to write is limited by the increased stress of the day job. By the time I get around to having writing time there simply aren’t any creative juices left.
Case in point, earlier this week my wife and I were simply too tired to make dinner, so I decided to go get us some takeout from Five Guys. My wife and I have decided that we need to take each of our children on individual child dates, so I took my 4-year old son with me. I was tired and just wanted to get in and out as quickly as possible. My son, on the other hand, was so excited to be out with his daddy and in a place where they serve “elephant food” (peanuts) that it was infectious. We spent a good twenty minutes eating peanuts and just laughing at random, stupid stuff. It was refreshing, wonderful, and amazing. It renewed my creative energies and helped me regain my perspective.
Another of the reasons why there has been such a large hiatus between blog posts is that I was upgrading my free blog to an actual fully, integrated website through BlueHost. It allows me to have full control of content, coding, plugins, and widgets available. I’ve added a few, including the following icons to the left of this post and (my personal favorite) progress bars on my current Works in Progress. These will be updated at least
twice a week so anyone interested can simply find out where I’m at with any given project. I will still have the “Current Projects” page, but it will shift to more of a summary of the content of each project than a status of progress (kind of like Sanderson’s “State of the Sanderson” address. I have also added a page dedicated to my Newsletter Signup, which you should all subscribe to if you haven’t yet. It will give you email reminders and exclusive content of book releases and the occasional signing event reminder, so go subscribe. The website will continue to go through some updates and changes as I become more familiar with the new website process and work through various plugins and backups.
Third, I’ve been struggling with which project should receive my focus. The Sharani Series is doing really really well right now, with Storms coming out only a few weeks ago. The next book (tentatively called Tempest), will be a little longer, more complex, and deeper in theme and content. It will take me much longer to complete than Storms did. Resurgent Shadows is also in need of a sequel, though it is not doing so well in the sales department. So I should work on that too. But here’s the thing, I put out three books in six months. I wrote Storms while I was editing Resurgent Shadows, then edited and released Storms.
My brain is a little burned out on the worlds (at the moment), even though I have a pretty good idea of where I want to take the next books. So I’m clearing my head by writing a different book (Wanderer in the Progress Bars). So I’ll be bouncing between the three projects for a while until one ends up taking the larger priority. So yeah, I’ll be writing, and that is what is important at the moment.
On another important side note, Sands releases on Audiobook on February 9th! I am very excited for this. The narrator, Tanya Eby, did an amazing job with it. You can listen to a sample of Sands on the Tantor Media Webpage here. Otherwise you can pre-order the recorded CDs here or the Audible Version here or you can just click on the image of the Audible cover.
That’s all for now, but expect to see a new post on the blog at lease once a week. Some of them may be short, and some of them may end up being vague, but there will be updates. Read on!