Tuesday, June 13, 2017

No need for alarm

I've been neglecting my blog for a while, and at this point, while it's a constant itch in the back of my mind, I'm starting to wonder why something I enjoy doing has been a point of procrastination. After much blogular introspection, I've decided that it may be best if instead of a schedule I can fail at, I should get back to my idea of whenever I feel compelled to post an update, I'll do one, and otherwise, this is more of a backdrop to my greater internet presence. That way, it seems more like I'm already doing some great esoteric master plan instead of being a lazy bastard letting hypothetical people wanting.

But, holy shit, here we are, a quarter of the year behind us since the last entry. I've been horribly bogged down with maintaining my grades in pursuit of my degree. I've been alerted that I apparently have to waste one more semester before I graduate. I have 9 units of upper division electives to do. So my degree is literally being held ransom for 36 hours a week of my life and $4500 in student loans of bullshit classes. I'm already showing the first symptoms of senioritis, and I highly doubt that come Spring 2018 it's going to have gotten much better.

While I haven't written in my blog, I've had all sorts of fun on paper. I recently submitted two pieces of flash fiction and a brand new short to some contests, and I've been trying to be more active in looking for avenues to write more material. On top of completing a whole brand new story, I've been continuing my revisions and rewrites of my original short stories from Urban Legends of the Future in order to shop them as unpublished works. While this has turned into a whole shit ton of work I didn't plan on it being, it is definitely a boon for me to have at least two years of not even looking at my first book, and then seeing all of those stories again for the first time. Needless to say, a self/friend edited, self published, short story collection as my first release is not how I would do it if I could start all over again.

Especially, since I'm finding that I'm less interested in keeping the supernatural side of my series going when it comes to writing stories. With humans alone in the future years that I've been writing about, I've been writing more and more human/technological based stories opposed to ones that have any of the Lilim in it. Everyone hates vampires these days (thanks Twilight), werewolves are strictly erotica fodder (which reminds me, I need to finish parts 2 and 3 of my werewolf erotica trilogy. And again, thanks Twilight), no one gives a shit about fish monsters that aren't mermaids, and while Incubi/Succubi are still awesome to write crazy dream stories about, I haven't thought of a worthwhile story since By Starlight. I doubt I will drop it entirely, but as of right now, I'm much less excited to write futuristic horror stories than I was three years ago. Most of my supernatural writing predilection is focused more on stories set in the past 100ish years, but it's a matter of actually writing new things instead of dwelling solely on perfecting my already complete work.

I've actually been writing more crime fiction than anything else since I began Suicide Queen for NaNoWriMo, and been seeing much more success and positive feedback regarding that work. Even to the point that my short story Suicide Queen was picked up by Flumes Literary Journal for publication in their Summer 2017 issue when it gets released. I've been going back over those characters I made and I want to use them again. The whole gambling outlaw motif was a very fun one, almost in a Gotham City gang manner, and I've got a few ideas brewing in my head for The Smokin' Aces to square off a tarot card themed mirror of their power trio of pilfering in a heist race for a MacGuffin. I have a lot of ideas, but the ones that get made are another thing.

So, yeah, don't know how often or when I'll be posting in the future, but I'm not going to make a big deal about it. Dear reader, when I have news you want to know, you'll be the first one to know it.


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