An Overdue Update

After I broke the layout of the website while tweaking something, I figured it was time for a new look instead of constantly tinkering to see what I did wrong. And so this is the new look and I couldn’t be happier.

That’s change for you. Sometimes it’s not as painful as you think it’s going to be, especially when you take the time to read the directions.

I also made a few changes in my life overall, one of which was limiting my time on social media channels like Facebook and Instagram. It’s meant not posting things just to be relevant whether it be memes or “engagement” questions. It works for others but not for me. I like discourse. I like connection. What I don’t like is posting and then leaving. Or worrying about what to post at all hours of the day just to please the algorithm.

Such activities only served to take my focus off my true work: storytelling.

Speaking of storytellers, one of my favorite storytellers is currently in the middle of the fight for his life, colon cancer that’s metastasized to other parts of his body. Yeah, fuck cancer. I met Robert on Wattpad and was (and still am) enthralled by his quick and dry wit and charm. He wrote The Body, a personal account of his and his partner’s search for a missing woman and later, her killer. He’s also written essays about life in general, and his keen observations about the people around him always make me stop and think, and smile.

I can tell you a whole lot more about Robert but I’d rather keep it short. He’s one of the best people I know and right now, he needs our help. His daughter has set up a GoFundMe to help pay for the expenses related to his treatments. You can read more here and please donate if you can. If you can’t, send him good thoughts and a prayer.

I hope you have a wonderful day and week ahead. My plan this week is to rewrite the Salvation Society crossover novel I’ve been attempting to write since April. Somehow I never could connect with the first two heroines I wrote about and neither could the hero from the Salvation Society world. Poor guy. It felt like I was auditioning heroines for him forever and they just weren’t his type…

Yes, in case you’re wondering, I let my characters tell me their story even though I’d like to believe I plot their arcs out. I can plot all I want but in the end, they call the shots and all I end up doing is following them along with a notepad in my hand trying to catch the juicy details.

But third time’s the charm and this time, the heroine is the right one for the cross-over novel. I just never considered her before because I didn’t really understand cross-overs as much as I thought I did. And my goal today is to write 2,000 words and that’s exactly what I’m going to do as soon as I hit Publish on this baby.

Anyway, that’s the latest update from me (there’s a lot more in the personal front but it’s too depressing and mind-boggling to write). How are you? Anything interesting going on in your neck of the woods? Let’s reconnect again on this blog and don’t be shy. Say hi and let’s chat.

 

 

2 Comments on “An Overdue Update

  1. So nice to see a post from you! Glad you seem to be picking up writing steam! I hope to read more from you. Things are going well here—considering the pandemic. I’m sorry to hear about your friend. Cancer is indeed an awful scourge on our society. Don’t be a stranger! But stay safe and well!

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    • It’s nice to be back. I had to take a break (even though I kinda forced myself to still post during that hiatus) from everything author-related for awhile. Guess I hit real burnout and the lockdown hasn’t helped. But I’m slowly digging myself out of it and it’s nice to be back again. Glad to hear you guys are doing well!

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