Hello! I’m sorry for the long delay in posting anything, but Jenn and I were sick for the first half of October and then we worked two cons, Hampton Comicon and VA Comicon. (I’ll discuss these cons in another blog.) I don’t know about you but I become a big baby when I’m sick, of course, then there’s Jenn who tries to do the dishes while running a fever AND coughing up a lung. I often have to make her stop what she’s doing just so I can help her. Our conversations go something like this. Aj: “What are you doing?” Jenn: “These dishes are bothering me, so I’m washing them.” Aj: “Stop that, go back to the couch, and lay down. I’ll do the dishes.” Jenn: (with a pouty face) “Ok.” Jenn still has a sore throat but I’m feeling great. At least now, we can get back to our passion, Topexx Dominions.
Speaking of passion, over these last few weeks I thought a lot about my writing and what I want to do with it. I concluded that I don’t want to write serialized fiction, yet. (That “yet” is important.) I want to learn about storytelling, plots, character dialogue, and oh, so many more things before I really dig into serialized writing again. Over the last few weeks, I tried to sit down and write so many times, and of course, I ended up procrastinating and making excuses the whole time. At first, I blamed it on “writer’s block” then I saw a post on Facebook (that, of course, I can’t find again) that said something like “Writer’s block is the fear of being judged. Learn to let go of your fear and you’ll write forever.” I asked myself, “Self, can you set aside your fear of being judged enough to continue writing?” It took me a while to answer myself and even then all I got was a “Yes and no.” Fat lot of good that helps me. 🙂
Starting with the “no” side of things, when I look at what I’ve written so far, I see both lots of promise and many shortfalls. As I said earlier, I want to learn how to engage you in the story I’m telling. I don’t believe my writing is there, yet. I feel like I’ve jumped onto a bed of hot coals as a way to learn how to walk across fire. Ouch! Moving on to the “yes” side, I realize I enjoy writing when I actually sit down and write. I want to learn how to tell better stories, to create captivating characters and put them in lively locations so you can experience their awesome adventures. I find that idea exhilarating and scary at the same time, which tells me that’s what I want to do.
So what does that mean to you? Well for starters, I’m going to temporarily set aside “Beating the Drums of War” story until I learn how to do it justice. Jenn is going to focus on creating captivating characters and lively locations in picture form. Each will have a write up that describes the person or place. These will help us flesh out the world of Topexx Dominions. While she’s working on that I’m working on creating a series of Solo Adventures™ (the name may change) books. If you’ve ever enjoyed a Choose Your Own Adventure® or Fighting Fantasy® book then you will like these books. I’m still working out the basic ideas so look for that in an upcoming blog.
Thanks for your support and stay shiny! –Aj