Writing is challenging for me. Full stop.
Yet I start..
I know I’m not alone in that regard, but for an activity that I purport to enjoy, actually sitting down and knocking shit out does not come easily. My life is full of distractions - kids, reading, friends, full-time jobs that actually pay me - and so it is difficult to take the focus, and re-focusing, required.
So, it’s with some pleasure that I did actually finish something. A 16,000 word story called “They Choose For You.” I self-published on Amazon and it is available on Kindle. My expectations were low (and have been met) in terms of sales. But for me, just finishing something + publishing it really was a big win for me. Baby steps.
I’ve been told it is a fun read, I hope so. It deals with some non-fun issues, but I tried to keep the pace relatively fast (at least after the set-up) and I truly believe some of the concepts are interesting. In fact, when I started it over a year ago, I had actually had a whole part about social media, how it was used by criminals and how it led to folks to simply stop posting information - and how the “5 Years Ago” posts now (in the future tense of my book) outnumbered original content. That latter actually seems to be close to coming to fruition already.
If you are interested in other stuff I have some pretty decent amount of writing on the blog. My one other fiction piece here, and it is a fast, if not emotionally light read is called Madness in the Mist. A few others are more personal, entertaining, non-fiction essays. The Motown Confidence Man. Love and Meatballs - Parts 1 and 2. And My Own Private Demolition Derby. All of the essays are brutally honest, really fucking embarrassing to me and anyone around me and I think, pretty great.
As always, if you ever read anything I write - and whether you love it or think it is shite - I appreciate you taking the time to read anything I happen to throw out into the world, regardless!