Monday Musings: Judgment Day
There are billboards around town proclaiming that Judgment Day is May 21. I have my doubts about the reliability of this statement. But with natural disasters, wars, nuclear reactors going haywire, and so forth who can really say? (Until May 21.)
The future of this blog is about as murky right now. I suspended normal operations last June because I was too busy doing actual writing to worry about blog writing. As I said then, given the choice between writing a story and writing a blog post, the story always wins.
I might do that this year. I might not. I don’t really have a To Do List yet like I did last year. Finish the Awakening story–or work up a second draft if it’s done by the time this entry posts. That’s pretty much it. Except for getting the first Scarlet Knight story in shape to put on Kindle. Should I post the 88,000-word export version or the much longer full version? Hurm.
So far not feeling the same drive as last year. Of course that drive didn’t really kick in until around May either, about when it started warming up and I could go outside to work. It might be that I get working on some stories and start neglecting the blog.
Or I may take another sabbatical from writing. I don’t like to say “retire” because I know I’ll come back to it. Sabbatical leaves the door open to that so I don’t look like a jackass later on, unlike Michael Jordan, Dominek Hasek, and just about every boxer who kept retiring and unretiring.
The last sabbatical happened in 2007. I was on vacation and working on a new story–one I never finished–and I just couldn’t answer the bell for the third chapter. Just didn’t care and really didn’t feel like working on that or anything else. So I quit. Finished one last short story–“Folksinger’s Blues” if you buy my short story collection!–and then stopped entirely. Spent months mostly reading, watching movies, and playing video games.
I might be leading up to that again. If you read the blog updates from last year, I got around something close to a half-million words last year. It was completely insane. So that’s probably a big chunk of my lethargy so far. It would be disingenuous to say that the large number of rejections recently doesn’t have anything to do with it. Of course it does! If someone were paying me to write then I would write. But if no one is, then I’ll do what I feel like doing.
Also, back in 2007 I had just completed a YA series the year before. In 2010 I completed the Scarlet Knight series. Maybe it’s something about series that tire me out. Or maybe I need a while to switch gears mentally.
Anyway, if that happens, I’m not sure about the future of the blog. I might keep doing it, or I might not. Or I might do it less frequently. It’s all up in the air at this point. I’m just warning you in advance.
Wednesday is another entry…or maybe not…