Thursday, December 27, 2018

A Scant 2018

Welp, after long and careful debate with myself, I decided to scrap the blog's old posts and start anew. From a blogging perspective, I felt stuck. And completely nuking over 13 years of posts was both cathartic and painful.

I thought I might regret it. But now that I've had a couple days to digest what I've done, I feel pretty free. Now I can just write about my writing journey and not continue to get hits about "Mike the Headless Chicken," which was by far the biggest Google search term that got people to my old blog.

The last couple of years have been rough because of the day job situation, so blogging has been thin to say the least. I was laid off in July, and I was running on fumes. I needed a drastic career change because I could NOT go on faking who I was day in and day out anymore. So I turned down a high paying job in that same backstabbing world of medical sales to go work for a non-profit hospital system. Less money, much more happiness.

I actually did NaNoWriMo this year again. And I won. I now have the energy to be creative, and it doesn't feel like exhausting labor to get ideas down on paper anymore.

So  2018 has been a big transition year for me. And I wanted to continue with that theme and go back to my first love, which is science fiction. As a kid, I would write sci fi stories that blended Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Battlestar Galactica. I'd staple my "books" and let my friends read them. I also made "audio books" with a friend, all science fiction adventures.

My next book is called The Gates. And when I'm asked "What's it about?" I tell people it's a combination of Godzilla/Kaiju, D&D, and The Expanse. Spaceships and dragons. It's been fun, and it's been fulfilling writing just for me.

For those who've stuck with me, I thank you so much. I hope there are some of you left out there! Blogging is a dying art for sure. I'd like to keep doing it.

Artwork by my favorite artist, Enggar Adirasa. It's been a pleasure working with him again!

14 comments:

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I can't imagine nuking my blog, as I'd be deleting the same amount. That's a lot of years to scrap.

The cover is well done. Will it be available on Amazon only? (Since B&N probably won't like the Amazon Bestselling Author part.)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sometimes it's not about the money - it's about your sanity.
Wicked cook cover!
Hope your 2019 rocks.

Pat Hatt said...

Nuking all has crossed my mind once or twice. Ugg in one if those time suck day jobs right now, ugg again. Awesome cover.

Pat Dilloway said...

I've changed blogs a few times. I'm not sure it was really a bad thing; pretty much the same results. Anyway, at least you got a new job you like. Happy new year!

Tony Laplume said...

What's this about Mike the Headless Chicken???

Congratulations on figuring out the job situation, and finding happiness.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Wow, what an awesome cover. Hope all your enthusiasm continues into the new year.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

That is one awesome cover, and I would love an advanced copy to review :)) If you are doing that kind of thing. I love all things kaiju. Please don't make me beg...it's not pretty.

Sadira Stone. said...

What a fantastic cover! I wish you luck with your fresh start, and a happy, healthy, productive 2019.

Fundy Blue said...

Hi, Jay! Wow! 2018 has been a transformative year for you. Wishing you the best of luck in your writing in the coming year. Kudos to you for listening to your inner voice and finding a job that fits you better! Love that book cover!

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Big changes! But yay for you! Happiness is everything. That cover is fantastic!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I would cry to lose all my content, but if nuking the past invigorates the present, then I say way to go!!

Mary Pascual said...

Hey Jay! Congrats on NaNoWriMo. I totally wiped out on it this year. But I got other stuff done, took a break, and I'm starting the next project. I know what you mean about the blog. I'm restarting mine but I feel like it'll have to die and come back in a new form at some point. I love your cover, and the book sounds intriguing! Let me know when it's out.

Jenna Howard said...

Has it really been 13 years? Holy...holy smokes, Jay!

I've tanked many blogs and blog posts over the years. Sometimes it feels good and sometimes I regret losing certain things I wrote like the various articles I wrote on characters or the naughty nuggets. But for the most part - not a lot of regret. It is crazy to come across old blog headers I created.

Congrats on the new book. I've always been a strong promoter to write what you love (there's a reason why I never wrote another romantic comedy). So here's to a prosperous new year for you. And so happy you went with the job that makes you happy.

Loni Townsend said...

Congrats on getting your energy back! And I totally agree with your job-related decision. I've had the opportunity to go for higher paying jobs, but I don't want the stress that comes with it.

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