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.
I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving Day. I would have posted sooner but I was distracted with turkey day activities. I ended up spending most of the night watching Doctor Strange with my daughter then playing Warframe till the wee hours of the morning.
The plan for this weekend is to take advantage of the Steam sale and figure out what I really need to buy on Cyber Monday. I can’t go too crazy since I’m planning a shore vacation next month and after New Years.
Other than that, not much is going on. I’m still working on the next book. I did took a break from it to jot down some notes for a story that came to me. Tuesday, I’ll post another flash fiction story. In the meantime, have a great rest of the weekend.
In honor of Halloween, I planned to stream and record some content from a horror themed game but my computer had some issues. The drop in frame rate and lag made the game unplayable. I’ll look at the settings and see if I can figure things out.
November is going to be a busy month for me. I’ll be back to making weekly posts.
Okay, that’s all for now. I hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween. I need to prepare for the hordes of trick and treaters.
This morning I realized the page I had set up with some background info about Count Albritton and his stories was never linked to the rest of this site. Special thanks to GriffithsKL for her comment which brought this to my attention.
I updated the Books section of this site to add some information about all of the books I have published and to make it legible. I plan to edit and post the background info for Count Albritton this weekend. I might be distracted by birthday plans so no promises.
In the meantime, you’ll see some more flash fiction. Until later.
Fall is my favorite time of year. The weather is comfortable. While everyone else fawns over Pumpkin Spice Latte, I enjoy my Carmel Spice Apple Cider and Salted Carmel Mochas. My favorite TV shows return with new episodes. There are new movies and games are released. All in all, there is plenty to distract me.
As part of the lead up to my birthday and Halloween, I decided to post a story from my contemporary fantasy series, featuring Count Albritton, that had been gathering dust on my hard drive. You might see another story involving the supernatural supernatural in addition to the flash fiction I’ve been posting. It helps that I have some of my favorite movies like Ghostbusters playing in the background.
Towards the end of this month, I’ll be more active on Instagram and doing a bit more gaming. No, I haven’t brought or pre-ordered any new games. Micro transactions and subpar releases are to blame for that. Instead, I’ll be playing old favorites like Witcher 3:Wild Hunt and starting Divinity: Original Sin 2 as well as Tom Clancy’s The Division during the next global event and Resistance update.
Other plans include, hanging out with friends in November. I’m also debating going to Rhode Island Comic and Super Mega Fest in Massachusetts. I’ll have another update after my birthday. Until then, take it easy.
I noticed that a number of short stories and flash fiction were missing from the Short Stories and Excerpts page. I spent Sunday adding links to those stories. With The Magic Jar, I updated and edited the story to match the version that appears in The Longest Road vol 1. I also found two stories that were mistakenly saved as drafts instead of being scheduled for posting. You’ll see them both in October.
In other news, I’m working against a self imposed deadline so I can publish another book in time for Christmas. I’ve also made tentative travel plans to visit Atlanta and spend a night in Boston. Other than that, not much is been going on.
I spent the day, writing another piece of flash fiction that will go up next week. I also updated the Submissions section of this site. Not much has changed. I am discontinuing the Book of the Week feature. There wasn’t a lot of interest in it. I didn’t get any submissions and I had a hard time motivating myself to find books to post each week.
In other news, I have a new microphone and headset for my computer. I’m toying with the idea of streaming content for the games I play and posting videos online. Lately, I’ve been playing and enjoying The Division. I might pick up and play another game that catches my eye or do something in Minecraft. Don’t worry, I’m not going to let it distract me from writing and posting stories online.
Finally, in August, I knuckled under and got an Instagram account. I don’t post a lot of photos but feel free to follow me @kyrin_rj.
Until next time, stay safe.