Wow, it’s weird putting the “17” on dates now. I know I say that every year, but it is quite strange how one day it’s 2016 and the next day it isn’t.
Hiatus! I do it every once in a while to re-center myself and get back on track. I find that December is kind of my go-to month for this because of the holidays. This December was especially subject to a break because I just left my day job on the 29th. Unfortunately, I’m not doing it to become a full-time novelist–you kind of have to sell books for that! I’m merely moving from working later in the evenings to doing something during the day, so I can spend more time with my family. In the meantime, I’ve got ten or so days to myself. Yay! …Or not. I get bored very easily, and this is just day number two…
While I’m on writing hiatus, I can’t stop myself from thinking about all the things I need to do in order to complete the project I’m on break from. So, after returning to writing, here’s the big news (drumroll, please!): I’m completely re-writing From Colorblind: To Happiness! I know, this news might scare and/or disappoint many of you. However, I’m doing this one offline. I think the pressure of entertaining a crowd in real time caused me to make some sloppy mistakes that pushed the story in strange direction. It scared me too, to start over, but I think I finally know how to make the novel great this time!
Once upon a time, I was stalking John Green’s website (I call it stalking because, though I love his books, I find John’s political views and outspoken nature regarding them detestable), and I read a little blurb about how he “writes and re-writes” most of his stories upwards of several dozen times. At the time, I scoffed; who needs to re-write several dozen times? Well, I finally get it now. In the words of my wife, I’m “trying too hard to make it perfect.” Well, that’s the point, isn’t it?! To make it perfect! I feel as if it’s a disservice to my readers to skimp on any bit of the story. So, Mr. Green, I applaud you for your commitment to your readers. You may be a fear-mongering quack on Twitter, but I know you care deeply about the message you send to the adolescents who adore your novels. I’d like to achieve the same level of perfection you exhibit in my own writing.
Aside from doing the whole overhaul on FCTH, I don’t really have a whole lot going on. I’m going to try to promote TCOD more, at least. My first Royalty check comes in soon and I’ll be using the entire thing on copies that I’ll be donating to the local library and school districts. I’m also looking for casual side-projects if anyone wants a writing-related blog entry or interview done.
Onward and upward, into the new year!
Until next time,