What up, peeps?
This is just a general update. I’ve decided that on every Sunday, I will post something! Yay for regularity. At least, that’s the plan. This way you’ll know something new is coming. Or something old, repeated due to lack of creativity and or energy. 😛
Also, I have a new blog template!
Took an age to get something right, but this is one of the better ones I found. Thoughts? Likes/Dislikes?
So, as anyone that has been talking to me, or stalking my twitter, or reading this blog will know, thoughts about the future of publishing, eBooks, monkeys, etc have been on my mind. It actually got to worrying me. It’s even more worrying that only after several years writing, a few at university completing a degree, that I’ve genuinely been concerned about the future, heh.
But then, as I said before, I’ve always been uncannily certain about my writing future.
And I’ve decided to stay true to that. Ultimately, there’s no point in even speculating about the industry or wondering whether there will still be publishing houses in 10 years time or if the Big Bad Ebook is going to ruin everything, or if I’ll ever look as handsome as I do now, because there’s nothing I can do about it. I can only take care of myself and continue to write. The industry will take care of itself (or not, I don’t particularly care).
The only real change this has provoked in me is to switch my attention from Novel A to Novel B – Novel A (actually titled Maharaj the Magician) is what I have been focused on recently, it’s YA literary magic realism and Novel B (Monster) is an action adventure urban fantasy – and the reason for that is because I’ve always felt that Novel B was more commercially viable and bound to be more popular.
That might sound a little mercantile, but it is true and if I’m being honest with myself, I’d hit a wall with Novel A anyway. It’s something I’ll continue to work on, no doubt, but it is definitely creeping forward. I have so much more fun with Monster so I’m hoping by turning to that, I’ll be able to get back into the groove of things. I haven’t written anything comfortably for a while.
To round off this general post, I just came back from seeing Shrek Forever After with my uncle and cousin. It was one of the more embarrassing moments in my life. My uncle laughed harder and louder than everyone else (mostly children) in the cinema, asked me a few questions during the film, you know the ‘who is Rumpelstiltskin?’ kind (that filled me with rage) which was bad enough…until his phone rang. It was incredibly loud and more than that, he actually answered it. Shepherd Book had it right in saying that there’s a special level of hell reserved for people that talk in theatres. (Firefly)
But a quick note about the film: it actually wasn’t half-bad. It is as family friendly as family friendly can be, funny and sweet as usual, and moved at a quick pace. I enjoyed it for what it was, no more, no less (despite my uncle). And that’s me for now.
What have you done this weekend?