Happy 2018! Long time no talk. I just checked, and I last posted to the blog on September 1. I’ve been busy, but that was 2017.
So what’s happened since then, and what’s coming down the pipe?
Facing a Crossroads
In May, I started to work on a programming course for an online course platform. After completing it, I created another course. All told, I spent May to November working on the two courses.
It was a great experience, and when the instructor I worked with contacted me about doing another course, I agreed to discuss it in early January.
But here’s the thing: when I was working on the courses, I had to put everything else aside, including writing. I didn’t write at all, and I missed it. I also couldn’t spend any time promoting my books. To get the courses done, I had to focus on them exclusively.
In December, I realized that if I created more courses, everything else would continue to take a backseat.
I wouldn’t say the courses are easy money. Creating a course is a ton of work, hence having to put everything else aside. But a programming course is guaranteed income. Coding is hot these days, and many people are turning to online courses, rather than going to university.
Writing, on the other hand, is about as risky as you can get when it comes to income. You can spend months, even years, writing a book, and then make peanuts when it’s released.
I had a decision to make: go for something I don’t mind doing that’s guaranteed to make me money, or go for something I love doing that might end up making me only enough money to buy a cup of tea and a pastry at the local coffee shop. So it came down to creating courses or writing.
I’ve chosen writing.
If I were younger, I’d go for the courses and squeeze in writing and publishing when I can. But at this stage in my life, I’m not interested in working 12 hour days. My partner is retired. Spending time with family and friends is important to me. And as you get older, it’s important to mind your health. You also want to spend your time doing stuff you really enjoy, because you’re aware that time is slipping through your fingers.
So I contacted the instructor and told him I’d decided not to do any more courses.
Does that mean I’ll be releasing more books than usual this year? Maybe, but it’s going to be a bit of a crazy year. We’re leaving Toronto. We have to declutter our house, do a major renovation and lots of touch-ups, stage the house, and sell it. Assuming it sells, we’ll then have to find somewhere to live in the destination city, pack, and move. So it’ll be busy.
I’m only committing to releasing one book in 2018. I’ll release the standalone science fiction novel I’ve mentioned previously. It’s called THEIR LAST HOPE, and it’s almost ready to go. The book should be available by the end of this month.
The Deiform Fellowship Five is on hold for now. Before I’d put it aside for the courses, I’d written about 30,000 words, but I wasn’t happy with the way the story was going. I’d decided to throw a lot of it away and take it in a different direction. Now that I’m back to writing, I want to give the story more time to percolate in my subconscious before I try again.
I’ve started a new story…actually, I’ve started three. When I looked over my ideas file, three ideas jumped out at me. I couldn’t decide between them, so I started writing all three, figuring that one or two would fizzle out, or one would really take off. But so far, I’m happily writing all three! However, it’s early days. One or two will probably fall to the wayside.
So…THEIR LAST HOPE will definitely be released. I expect more to come out from me this year, but because of how busy we’ll be with the move, I don’t want to make any promises.
That’s it for now. I’m going to try to post to the blog a little more this year, but with everything else going on, I’ll see how it goes.
Wishing you a wonderful 2018 and a great weekend! ?