The last day of August brings cool winds and a gentle sun here. In my home, the windows are open and crickets chirp while a luxurious breeze drifts through. It is the perfect send-off for a fairly stressful month.
The last couple of months have been spent balancing between my current day job and working to get my novella, Reptilian Wanderer, finished and published. I’ve made mistakes, but still I persist. It took me a couple weeks to figure out the amount of work hours and how to arrange them in a way that balances the time I aim to spend on my publications, in addition to keeping a certain amount of time for physical fitness (I started a new strength-training program about 2-3 months ago).
One of the things that fell to the wayside is this blog. In the scope of priorities, it lapsed too far to actually manifest into shareable posts. The 15+ drafts I have… don’t matter to readers like you because you can’t see them and I’m acutely aware of that.
Part of my reluctance to simply post whatever is certain hopeful standards when it comes to what I blog about. I don’t wish to rehash repetitive topics and I want to provide certain perspectives about creativity and writing subjects that can’t be readily found elsewhere. Mostly, I don’t want to waste people’s time if they take a moment to read a post. If I don’t believe in a post’s merit, I hesitate to go ahead with it and usually don’t. This ends up with a lot of empty space, however, as I simply don’t post at all.
With that said, with my day-job schedule (hopefully) set for the next few months, and after my novella is released, I will be raising blog posts up on my priority list to get some posts out. As usual, the focus will be on writing and/or creative decision-making.
Don’t forget that in just two months, NaNoWriMo will be here! While I was considering quitting the event entirely because I don’t know if I want to encourage the 30-day window of writing as right now, my writing overlaps and other concerns… but that’s an aside because instead I decided to help out a particular group participate this year, many of whom are newcomers to NaNoWriMo.
I might even have an idea of what novel/novella I’ll be writing in November, which will be an etheric horror-fantasy. There is talk about spending October experimenting with outlines and planning for November, so perhaps I’ll play around with that and write up a couple related-topic blog posts.
Anyways, that’s all in the near future. I still have the next week or so to finish the final steps in my novella before releasing it. Every day, I get a little bit closer to being able to set an actual date of release. I’m hesitant to make one now since something might happen that’ll postpone it… but once I start formatting, I will send the official release date to my mailing list (sign up here) and then, eventually share here as well.
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn!