Aug 2016

Reading and Writing

Busying
It’s been a nice couple of weeks since my last update, and it’s actually good to report that I’ve been getting some writing done. Small vignettes here and there but, more importantly, writing in-genre. It all helps, and it is nice to actually get some writing done and to feel good about where it is headed.

It’s not just sitting down to write that’s been pleasing, it’s also seeing how productive I’ve been while writing -- the word counts are up there with my highest levels of productivity. The real issue now is actually finding the time in the day to support that level of output.

Another couple of books got knocked off my TBR list, and I’m getting closer to dealing with a couple of really dragging titles that I have been trying, and failing, to get into and make something of.

There’s no quick fix for the other things going on in life, but this week might throw up some interesting insights. It may be a delay to writing and reading while I deal with the real world, but it’s going to help understand how life is going to be as we move forward.

Coming Back to Life

Back to Life
After what felt like forever, I’ve actually made a little dent in my to-be-read pile, and it’s quite reassuring to see new books take their place on the bookshelf.

I haven’t just been reading other author’s work -- I took the opportunity to have a read through some of my earlier releases and, while I think that people got to enjoy them quite a bit, there’s probably a lot more I could have done with some of them to make them into something bigger and better before their release. I know that perfect is the enemy of good enough, but if the book is going to go and stand on its own merits, then perhaps taking that bit of extra time to make it as polished as possible is really going to be worth it.

Even though I’m not at the point of being ready to release a new title, I have been writing in little snatches here and there. That in itself is a good sign and, when I measure how my earlier books evolved and were published, against all the internal things that have gone on over the last few years, it does feel like a positive start again.