Notes from the Observatory: Purpose

I don’t feel like I have a good way to say it but to say it. The time I set aside for my official hiatus went by in a blur of editing Bonds. Beyond the Wall has a good start, I don’t have a clear sense of where I’m going and the last time I tried to write something in that state, I had to abandon it at the halfway mark and refactor. The two months I took to expand Beyond… well, they “done got et,” I guess you could say. Mostly by prep for a thirty-person Bandaza, partially by work, a little by housecleaning.

It’s the first of December, and I don’t really have anything new to show for it.

That’s not to say I haven’t been writing. I have. As Carissa might say, I have a pile of burnt scrolls to which I can point. My entry in the Three-Day Novel competition is still being judged. I made a submission to the Machine of Death competition. I’ve actually been dipping my paws into fanfic of late, which I might share if I can get over my totally irrational fear of looking unserious. I just don’t have anything I can put here on an on-going basis at this point.

So, with that in mind, and to save myself the heartache, I’m hereby shifting the Nail’s focus. I’ll continue to post short stories, snippets, ideas, and the like; the Machine of Death story I mentioned will be following this update post-haste. I intend to continue to communicate with my audience, such as it is, here. However, I simply cannot guarantee a regular update schedule. That seems like a breach of trust, somehow, but I’m finally putting it out here for everyone so that we’re all on the same page, as it were.

I’m still here. I’m not going anywhere. When I finally have a longer work to share, I’ll be sure and let you all see it.