So I just looked at the date of my last post and realized it’s been a year since I’ve updated anything on this site. That’s too long to go without providing some kind of update, and that’s on me.
My day job has taken up a lot of my time this past year. Too much, actually, but I’m admittedly a workaholic. But when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life, right?
I’m in the enviable position to have a day job that I love as much as writing. I suppose I’m a little different than most writers in that respect. So many writers would love to quit their jobs and write full time, but I’ve never really felt that way. I want to keep my day job. I’ve proven over the past couple of years that a person can still write a lot of books and work a day job full time, provided one practices a little time management.
Between 2016 and 2017 I wrote twelve books, six per year, most of them full-size novels. I was really on a roll, churning out some of the best books I’ve ever written, and then a health issue, combined with switching jobs, stopped me in my tracks.
So it’s 2019 already and I’m ready to get back in the saddle. I now have the health issue somewhat under control, and I’ve made enough headway in my day job that I can kick back and work only a 40-hour week.
These things happen. Life throws curveballs. Problems get in the way. Sometimes that means that the writing suffers. Some writers give up. That’s okay if writing truly does not make these writers happy. But to use a bump in the road as an excuse to quit doing something you love? Well, that’s never been me.
I’m two chapters into my next book. I’m working on regaining the consistency I once had, but I’m making progress despite the fits and starts. Once I get back into the habit, the words will begin to stack up. I’ve also set a due date for my next book to help light a fire under my ass.
For those of you who’ve read my Badlands series, I think you’ll be happy to know that I’m writing a fourth full-length Badlands novel. I thought I was done with that series after finishing book three back in 2016, but apparently there’s more story to tell. I don’t outline, so I don’t yet know what’s going to happen to Ed and the crew. But I do know this much: something is coming, from the west.
Something very, very bad.
So thanks for hanging in there with me while I went on this little hiatus. I’m back, and I aim to knock your socks off with this next book. 🙂