I cannot believe that it has been almost 2 years since my last post.
At that time, things were going pretty well, for me.
I had a stressful, unrewarding – but – good paying job. My family life was going reasonably well, You, my fans were reading my free books and liked them. I was starting to make slow but steady sales from some of my not-free books.
I was struggling to fit 26 hours of work and family into a 24 hour day, but overall things were going fairly well.
Then out of the blue, I lost my dad, my older brother, my job, nearly lost my house, and encountered some serious medical problems. All this happened within a 12 month period.
Needless to say, this series of events had a profound impact upon my life and state of mind.
I discovered that my boundless optimism had very definite boundaries.
I discovered that determination and self-confidence can only get you so far.
I discovered that “things” are far less important than family and friends.
I’m not saying these things to garner sympathy – although if you feel the urge to go out and buy copies of all my books I won’t try to dissuade you (grin).
I’m saying these things so that you know why I stopped writing for so long.
My mental state was not such that I felt I could deliver stories and tales of the caliber that I feel my readers deserve.
Only recently has my life stabilized enough to feel the desire to write again.
At the time my life fell apart, I had about 12 different stories in work. This included two stories in the lost in time/caveman series, another demon Lord story, two more mind control stories, and the second Miriam story.
As I review the stories from a distance of two years, some of them no longer make sense to me.
Some of the stories reference events that I never actually covered adequately in prior stories.
Some of the new stories no longer sing to me. I know, you’re shaking your head and wondering if I don’t need to get my head examined. When I’m writing a story, and it’s flowing the way I would like, I hear theme music in my head that helps keep me on track. For example, when writing “Waking Up Married…,” the music I heard in my head was the theme song from I love Lucy.
I know that I promised to deliver Miriam part two “Real Soon Now.”
Unfortunately, Miriam part two deals with some very deep and raw emotions that I cannot deal with at this time. This is not a spoiler. True or imagined, the emotions can be the same.
These other stories, including Miriam part two will be written. They will be published. I do not feel confident enough to predict a date for any of them right now. I wish I could.
I apologize for not updating you as to why the stories stopped.
I will try to keep you better informed on my writing plans.
I thank you for your continued support.