My editor recently sent me an email saying I should probably update my blog after over a year and a half, before people thought I was dead. Fear not, taxes are the only certainty of life that I've yet to face! Sometimes around April, though, I wonder if I might be better off if that was reversed...
While I wish I had a better excuse, all I have to fall back on is the old reliable. Work. Seems like every time I get my head above water, begin settling into my responsibilities, and build up enough time and energy to start seriously trying to write again, I get promoted and have to learn my job anew. While that is bad for those of you unfortunate to think my gibberish is entertaining, I've found I can't quite build up enough outrage to complain too much.
The good news is that since I'm now reporting directly to the VP level of the company, so I don't really expect that trend to continue. Unless I or my current boss has a heart attack (which was what unfortunately and non-facetiously foreshadowed my previous promotion), I hope that in the relatively near future I can start writing again.
I have mentally outlined exactly where EtG is going, as well as having pretty well outlined a couple of other stories I'm interested in telling. Once I can get the impetus to get started, I have plenty of material to work through. I've actually had a chapter and a half of EtG completed to the point of needing edits to post. Of course, I've also rewritten them twice during aborted attempts to pickup momentum after long periods of inactivity. Hopefully around the first of the year (slow time for my company), I'll feel comfortable and we'll see rewrite number three and I won't stop this time.
I do check my email occasionally (though not as often as I should, and I'm horrible about responding when I'm not in a period of writing activity). I do want to thank those that have sent me email. They are appreciated, and they are the nudges that keep me thinking of my stories and make me want to start again. Though I've made the promise before, I'll try to do better with responding.
It has been a long time since I've posted anything to either story or blog here. I know most of my readers have given up on me, which is understandable. Hell, the site pushed both of my stories into "Incomplete and Inactive Status," and I really can't blame it for doing that.
I, however, am alive. As I posted in my last blog (almost two years ago!), I was transfered to my company's headquarters with a rather gratifying promotion. Since then I've been moved around and promoted in different departments in the company, and kept busy.
Up till a few months ago, I had very little time between the hours I was putting into work, and my addiction to World of Warcraft. I sporadically kept up with reading in the time left over, but really didn't have the time or creative energy to do any writing. For better or for worse, that changed a bit earlier in the year.
I've never been exactly what you might call health conscious, but near the beginning of the year I had to go to the doctor over some minor issues. Those led to some other discoveries about my overall health (despite my relative youth) that my doctor, rather skillfully, took me to task over. Rightfully so, as much as I hate to admit it. That led me to evaluate some things in my life.
Specifically, World of Warcraft. I have a bit of an addictive personality, and the anonymnity with social guild interactions, mindless grinding and raiding combined to make a virtual drug addiction for me. Except less healthy.
I realized that if I was ever going to do anything to change my lifestyle, the first thing I was going to have to do was to completely cut myself off from that demonic thing. So I did. It took a while, but fortunately someone hacking my account and getting it suspended helped to finalize my split. The red tape to get my account reactivated was exactly the kind of barrier that I needed, and I've resisted ever doing it.
Since then I've taken up a few smaller hobbies (yay tabletop boardgaming), and gotten back into reading. I've also started writing here and there again. Of course, everything that I had written two years ago is looking like file 13 fodder, but such is life. One good thing is that I never stopped thinking about my stories and have a lot more and better quality story to tell.
Hopefully, when I start posting again the read will be worth the wait. I look forward to hearing from all of you again.
Obviously, most of those who read my stories have noticed that I haven't posted anything new in quite some time. I apologize for that, but unfortunately it has been unavoidable, and is likely to remain that way for the immediate future. I haven't given up, nor will I, but right now nothing is flowing.
Almost right after I posted the last chapter of EtG, my boss informed me that I was making a business trip to headquarters to help with some issues that they had there. An initial week and a half trip got extended several times until I didn't get home for a month and a half. Additionally, since I had done a good job and impressed some people, I was permanently transferred up to the headquarters with a promotion.
This is an opportunity that I couldn't turn down. It is a fairly major promotion into a scene where the owners of the company are a daily sight, and I'm expected to be throwing my weight around. I'm finding the challenges interesting, but so much of my time and mental energy is focused on integrating myself into the new structure that I have little left over for writing at the moment. As I grow more comfortable in my position, and learn the systems and the people better, I'm hoping that will change. For now, though, I can't promise anything new for the foreseeable future. Just remember that I fully intend to continue the stories, and that they aren't abandoned.
On a slightly different note, during my hiatus, I've received emails from many readers. They piled up while I was away and I didn't have secure internet access that I felt comfortable using. The emails are appreciated, but there are too many for me to answer, particularly after they have been sitting for so long. I apologize to those that sent emails that they haven't gotten responses to, but I will try to answer any that are sent from here on out.
I submitted Chapter 6 of EtG a couple of hours ago. As a treat, it is a good bit larger than my normal EtG chapters. Hopefully you will enjoy it.
I normally post the chapters on Friday, but because this was a relatively long chapter and had a lot of background information it was a bitch to edit. I had intended to post it last Friday, but it took a couple of extra days to get the last revisions done. By that time it was Sunday, and I didn't want to compete with the forty or so authors that post updates on Sunday nights!
I also want to forwarn all the readers about the next chapter. I am about 85% done writing it, and is developing well. I actually have it written, but that remaining 15% is smoothing out the chapter and fleshing out a couple of scenes that I want to expand or clear up.
HOWEVER, the next chapter is extremely violent, so be prepared. It also briefly references something that is a squick to many, though it is handled off-scene and definitely not erotically.
I normally wouldn't spoil a chapter in advance, but this is a significant squick for some. Because it isn't handled directly in the story I am not coding the story with that tag.
I know it has been a while since I have posted either chapter or blog, and I appologize.
I hit a patch of apathy, which isn't uncommon for me. I just lost interest in my main hobbies (reading and writing) for a while. Usually these apathy phases only last for a few weeks, or a couple of months on the outside. Unfortunately, a friend of mine (and I use the term loosely) from my MMORPG days talked me into trying 'World of Warcraft'. That pretty much cost me three months of my life that I will never recover! That said, it was probably in the cards to take a long break.
Even while on my little vacation, I have continued to work on my stories mentally. Now that I have started opening up a word processor again, I am making some rapid progress. You should start seeing the return on that tomorrow.
I have the next chapter of EtG ready to submit tomorrow (Friday). I have also finished about half of the following chapter. It probably won't be ready for a couple of weeks, but it is coming along fairly well.
'Wizard's Heir' is a bit of good news, bad news. The bad news is that I have decided to hold off on posting any of WH, until I am finished with both writing and story editing the entire first book. There is a lot of reasoning behind this, but the long and short of it is that this is allowing me to write in that universe with much more confidence, and allowing me to weave a much more intricate and complex tale than I would if I was trying to post individual chapters as I finished them.
The good news is that I have finished about 6 chapters (though a couple of them need some smoothing before I will be satisfied with them). I am anticipating that the entire first book will be about 12-13 chapters, which should tell you how far along in the story I am. Each of these chapters is about 10k words (as opposed to the 5-6k word chapters of EtG).
I promise that when it is released, it will have been worth waiting for.
In a final note, I have to appologize to several people that have emailed me in the past couple of months. Unfortunately (and without reasonable excuse), I have failed to respond as I should. I have gone back and responded to everything I have, but I know there are usually a few I have to fish from my spam filter that likely were deleted because of my inattention.
I do respond to every email I get (though the more thought put into the email the greater and more lucid the response). If you have not gotten a response to an email that you have sent me recently, please resend it.
That is all I know for now,