There are many reasons why I’ve been away from the blog so long, and I don’t see any of them as excuses, per say. None of our lives are simple and uncomplicated, and sometimes, priorities rear their heads and something has to give.
In my case, that was the blog.
But for the past few weeks, I’ve felt a nagging feeling drawing me back…so here I am.
I don’t make resolutions so much as set goals, and the beginning of this year was no exception. I’m determined to sell two short stories this year. This sounds simple, and I only wish it were. But it seems that what I write cannot be easily classified. At first, I thought it was lesbian fiction. But what I write is more than that. My favoured pieces of my own creation seem to lean toward the ‘speculative fiction’ genre, but upon careful study of the markets, what I write is not dark enough for the paying spec fic markets. Apparently dark and demented sells.
Something else that I’ve been working on is building my platform. The non-writers among you are likely scratching your heads in puzzlement. Essentially, platform is a way of getting an author’s name out into the world and building a following in a (hopefully) authentic way. This takes time. Even more so when the novel isn’t finished yet! So I’ve been learning, researching and trying to build my platform one brick at a time.
At the same time, I’ve been knitting. Some of you may remember that I enjoy knitting socks. I enjoy the peaceful repetition of the cuff and leg, and the challenge of turning the heel. The whole process allows me some sort of creative space to mentally work out plot lines and character flaws. So no matter what my writing is doing, I’m still being creative. And even if I don’t write a word for days, my characters are never far from my thoughts.
I’ve also been dealing with a medical issue. It’s not life-threatening, but it will be life-changing, if only for a little while. I’ll talk more about it another time, but I will tell you that pain is far more crippling than I thought. Honestly, pain is a bitch. The good part of this medical stuff though, is that it’s made me aware of my own limitations, which has in turn, prompted growth and change in our youngest. In a good way.
I guess the take away of this post is that everything in life can either hinder us, or help us. It’s a lesson I’ve had to learn over the past few weeks, and while I used to say I hated change, I can honestly say that the Universe doesn’t care what I like or not.
Change is inevitable, and all we can do is react to it in a way that we hopefully come out the other side as better people.