I’ve been asked several times why the frequency of my entries has decreased over the past year, and (somehow) I always tend to come up with different answers. I was thinking about this the other day for some reason, contemplating ramping up the frequency, but I eventually came to this conclusion: I don’t really want to put anything out there unless I actually have something to say. Of course, this goes against all the common wisdom on being an independent author and advertising yourself, but I don’t care – I decided from day one that I was going to go my own path, looking to others for help when I needed it but otherwise enjoying myself without worrying about becoming, you know, just like everyone else.
I’ve learned a lot. Unfortunately, I still have a lot to learn. I’ve been having an incredible amount of fun with it all, though, especially when interacting with readers and getting their input on my stories.
That being written… my mind has been in a weird place as of late. My thoughts seem scattered, and even when writing, I keep thinking of a million different things that don’t pertain to the story. I file these things away for later, and I’ll no doubt use them in a future tale, but for the most part, I seem to have what amounts to creative diarrhea. It’s just going all over the place, everywhere but where I actually need it to go, causing my Idea Junkyard file to be filled with all sorts of bizarre tidbits.
Case in point.
I was working on my current work in progress (something I’m writing under a pen name), happily revising the completed story so I can finally put it out in the world, when I checked my posting schedule for Patreon and Subscribestar and came to a screeching halt. I have this project, see, Dark Jubilee, which is essentially a collection of short stories that fit under certain criteria like word or even character length. It’s more a creative challenge than anything, though I plan to release it once I have five stories in each section. Anyway, I had a story rapidly approaching, a piece of flash fiction (1,500 words or less) that I outlined a long time ago.
So I stopped working on my pen name project and jumped on Dark Jubilee. I flushed out the outline, wrote the rough draft, and did a word count: 2,354 words. I figured, hey, this is no biggie, just do another revision, trim it here and there, and it should be under 1,500 words in no time, right? So I did just that, then did the final word count: 3,066 words. 😂 Yeah, I apparently fail miserably as a short story writer. It’s definitely an art form, way more than I initially thought. It’s something I want to work on, especially considering how much I love to read them. And it would be nice to release actual short stories for a change…
Before I forget: my very first hardcover, Erotic Urban Legends: Volume 1, is now available for sale! If you like hardcovers, please go check it out. And, of course, thank you for reading. I appreciate it.
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