Monday 7 July 2014

Xeroversary 4

Where is the fourth Xeroversary? Where was it? Where did it go?

All important questions. All, in fact, the same question...

So not much happened over the last year, particularly on this blog. To use a much overused simile, it's been a bit swan-like in twenty fourteen so far. A lot going on under the surface and not much to see up top.

I've reigned in the personal pressure on completing an individual project and relaxed into a more enjoyable schedule. I would say it's been more productive too, but in a different way.

I'm writing every day. Without exception. Fiction (blogging or tweeting or journalling do not count). I've got two novels in (slow) progress, and I'm jumping from one to the other as I feel inspired, and when I can't sit my head well into one of those worlds I'm writing something else, some flash, a short story.

When I was forcing myself to work on a single project, I sometimes wrote parts I didn't much like, telling myself I would be able to fix it in edit, but ultimately it meant I ending up not much liking writing it, and not much liking the whole project. Which I don't think leads to good work. I write better when I'm having fun. I know this to be true.

The real test of this process, of course, will be seeing if I finish what I am working on. And seeing if I edit the shorter work and submit it, because getting some stories out there, around the place, beasts in the wild, will also be worth it.

The other ongoing work is what you see up on the right there (assuming you're on a pc right now, and not a phone/ tablet). Three serials: Rise, Alpha and Cosmic Discord. Currently I've just been updating those on their individual pages, but I'm going to start posting new parts to the main page (and keeping their own pages updated as well, of course).

I haven't added anything to the serials for a month or so because of preparing 101 Fiction issue 4 and going on holiday, but I'm going to get back on that soon. All going to plan there will be at least one new part this week.

So, in short, there is no Xeroversary this year because it's been a quiet kind of year for, but it felt wrong not to mark the passing of another year. So this is what is, what has been and what will be, kind of. We'll see what happens next year.

Take care. Be good. And whether you're writing or reading, have fun. =)

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