The Serial is Over
For those who didn't pay attention to Sunday's post... nobody objected to the idea of dropping the serial from this blog. So it's done. I may pick it up again in the fall, or I might just write it as a book. (And with either one, I might significantly revise aspects of it...)
So What's Next?
This blog is going back to its original concept, with on exception -- I won't be posting every day. I'll be re-joining ROW80, and posting twice a week, Wednesdays and Sundays. Some of these posts will just be updates, some will be the usual thoughts and opinions about writing, art and life. My goal, just now, is to stick to JUST those two posts a week until fall, and then maybe add "Friday Favorites" reviews back.
The 2.5 Year Learning Experience
I started this blog almost four years ago. The original idea was just to report my daily writing progress as a public "writing dare." Because reporting word counts is boring, the blog evolved into a writing blog.
But then Indie Publishing came along. The world changed. And suddenly the business of publishing wasn't a bad-fit business model that I had to tolerate because that's how it worked. Suddenly everything I really loved to do -- not just writing but design and publishing and business and marketing and online stuff -- was available to me. In spades.
So for the past two years and some, this blog has kinda been my sandbox, where I play and learn and experiment. I transformed it a number of times, upgrading the content, publishing more actual fiction, and fewer posts about writing fiction.
The thing is, most of those transformations were aimed at being a marketing tool -- turning this into a blog for readers rather than writers. And I learned a lot and had a lot of fun... but it wasn't for real because I don't have the body of work to back it up. It was play. And I've learned all I'm going to learn from playing pretend.
I've bee slaloming around the sandbox in overdrive, spinning and doing wheelies. And I haven't had the time and energy to do the work that I was practicing for.
It's time to quit screwing around and shift back down into a working gear. Something that can bear a load.
A Round of Words in 80 Days Round 3 for 2013 starts Monday. Sunday will be the start up post. I'll post then about my goals and what I'm doing. I'll likely post more about the Plotting Game on Wednesday.
See you in the funny papers.