So, you might have noticed that things look new in these parts. I have had the old blog a long time. Like a ridiculous amount of time in internet years, I think all the way back to 2010 or so. It went through many iterations but always stayed relatively the same in format. This year I decided to entirely revamp everything.
There's a couple of reasons for that decision, but primarily it was because I decided to change the focus of my career. For the last ten years I devoted myself to trying to get a traditional publishing deal. But as those years wore on, I became more and more unhappy with the entire deal. It was a constant motivational struggle for me to write anything at all, and it only got worse with time. Late last year (2022) I spent a week sitting with myself and trying to figure out why that was. Part of the realization that I had was the last time I had been HAPPY was when I was self-publishing.
For those that don't know, I self-published three books in the 2012-2013 timeframe. It was largely done as an exercise to help me figure out how to do things. I was new to the industry and thought that was the best way for me to figure out my place in it. I sold enough to cover my expenses, get some great reviews, and make a little extra money. The experiment was a success! And more importantly: I WAS HAPPY.
I cannot stress enough how strange that was for most of my writing journey so far. Because the last ten years, I was definitely not happy. I struggled almost on a daily basis because I was trying to fit myself into a box that wasn't made to fit me. It was made to fit someone. I don't know who that person is, but it's definitely not me. Anyway, once I realized all of that, it seemed like an obvious choice for me to go back to where I was happy. Me, in control of all the decisions and my own destiny. It feels amazing. I have no idea why it took me this long.
So, here we are at the end of April and we have a whole new look to go with the whole new career path. A world of thanks to the incomparable Jasleni who helped drag me through this process. I'm so thrilled to be here, and I can't wait to share what comes next with you.