Determination only goes so far

on Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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First up: Writing group buddy Adam is running a Kickstarter to help get print copies of his Pathfinder supplement that makes Rogues less useless (and have more variety). If you have any affinity for Pathfinder or D&D go and drop him a few bucks, I'm sure he'd appreciate it.

Second up: I apologize for neglecting this blog over the past several weeks. Whenever I'm about to write anything for it I get stricken by either disease or get too busy and it gets neglected. I actually have several interesting (or I think they are interesting anyway) blog posts that actually involve writing in the pipeline, I just haven't gotten around to writing them yet. So...keep your eyes peeled. I'm going to try and post more on here.

Third up: I have the flu pretty bad. Luckily I seem to finally be on the tail end of it (I came back to work today instead of sleeping in. Here's hoping that doesn't undo three days of sleeping and eating Airborn tablets raw), but there was one point I'd like to bring up: I wrote at least 500 words every day I was sick. On Saturday it was so bad that for 1/2 of my awake time I couldn't even sit up; I spent most of the day lying on our loveseat with chills I couldn't get rid of no matter how many blankets I piled on. Despite that I still managed to get a few words out, as I did on Sunday and Monday. I'm not trying to toot my own horn here (I'm pretty sure when I go back to editing those sections are gonna be pretty dang awful), but rather point out that I still have written every day in 2012. So there's that.

Fourth up: It has been difficult for me regarding how long I should actually pursue this dream. Since I started writing "for serious" at the start of 2009 I've written over a million words of novels, branched out to different genres, and even currently plan on stretching my legs a little again (might try writing a horror/thriller novel that I concocted while in previously mentioned chills/fever dream state). The current plan of editing Death's Aria and then submitting it is still a go, and while I'll be doing that I'll be either writing my horror novel (tentatively titled Drip) or revisiting Naught But Glass (which I re-read the other day and it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it was when I was writing it). But the ultimate point is this: it's time for me to move on as if I'd never sell a book or make a career out of this. I've given it a year since I've graduated to try and push it forward, with me focusing all my resources on both the day job and writing, and I've seen no progress. So it's time to move on. I will still keep pursuing it as hard as I ever can in 2012, but I can tell you if we hit 2013 with no progress I won't exactly be chomping at the bit anymore for this whole writing thing. I'll keep doing it because I love it, but eventually reality kicks in.

Last up: That's actually it. Expect more blog posts in the future, hopefully.


Ben Godby said...

Useless rogues?!? Play AD&D 2nd edition instead! It's so unbalanced that you can't min-max or power-build; the only thing you can do is roleplay and fall prey to dirty orc tricks.

Nathan Major said...

My sassy Street Magician only worked well when feinting enemies; all other times I tried to use my clever narration skills to outsmart the foes. It never worked. Probably because I named him Chris Angle aka Mindfreak and I don't think Adam appreciated that.

Nathan Major said...

*Angel. Gosh dang it, keyboard.

Charlie Holmberg said...

I think you could write a good horror novel. Do it.

Here's hoping that things start looking up for you! I bet it's right when you can't go anymore that an editor will call you up...

Jordan said...

I feel the same way, sometimes, about my writing not going anywhere. Here's the thing, though: you can't give up. It's persistence that ultimately wins out, nothing else. Just remember that you love to write, and continue doing it. I've no doubt that it will pay off for those who stick it out.

It gets a lot harder with a mortgage and a baby and a full-time job, but anyone can achieve published author if they're willing to put in the time.

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