I hope everyone is doing well so far this year. I had to take a break from the blog due to holiday stuff and my spotty internet service. In a way, that was a good thing. I’ve been spending way too much time gaming when I should be writing or dealing with other stuff. Most of the holidays were spent with family and doing chores so the house wasn’t a complete mess.
With the new year, I got back to working out. I prefer walking outdoors to running on a treadmill or using an exercise bike. I also invested in a set of weights and new resistance bands. The goal isn’t six pack abs or looking like a cover model for Men’s Fitness. My goal is to just feel better about myself and be a little healthier.
The other thing I did was take a long look at the stories that have been giving me trouble. My first instinct was that the stories weren’t good enough to publish. Maybe I was being a little too critical? It took me a while to put my finger on what was exactly the problem. I like to revisit certain themes and ideas in my stories. If you’ve read any of my books, you already have an idea what some of those themes are. I’m also attracted to certain types of characters. The trap I fell into was that I was retelling stories, not telling new stories. I could have tossed them into the round file or published them as is. Both would have been easy to do. It was even easier to decide against those two courses of actions. Instead, I’ll be spending the next few months reworking the stories. As for which story will be first, it’s a toss up. When I have an update, I’ll let you know.
Finally, you’ll still be seeing posts, short stories, and flash fiction. I can’t tell you how often that will me. I have a lot going on these next few months. As always, take care and catch you later.