Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Only Thing Constant Is Change

I can't believe that I haven't written a post since January.

Granted, my purpose for this blog has changed over the years. When I first started, it was understood that if you wanted to gain the attention of an agent then you needed a strong web presence with a ready-made following.

Now that that myth has been debunked, I use this blog just to drain some of my random thoughts.

What have I been up to since January?

Much and more.

I lost my job. Well, that's being a bit dramatic. The job I had, which I worked between the hours of 6am and 2:30pm, was switched against my will to one that was between 10pm and 6:30am.

I liked this job. It was easy, had very little stress and gave me ample downtime that I used to sneak in some writing. I was very blessed to land another job before the shift change. This new job is a very good job. A much higher rate of pay, still during daylight hours, good benefits. Downside is no idle time to write. Not complaining, just explaining.

I had to learn how to write at night again. You know, those hours when everyone else in the house is asleep and you wish you were too.

I've been working on a new series. I had planned to write one, publish it then move on to the next one.

That didn't happen.

Instead, once I finished book 1 I couldn't help but start writing book 2 immediately after. The job change came in the middle of all this and I found that I didn't have time to write the second while editing the first.

Just last night I finished the first draft of book number 2 and while I'm tempted to start on number 3, I am going to pull back and get some editing and publishing done first.

If any of you out there would like to know when book number 1 (I will reveal the title soon) comes out, I invite you to click on the link to the right and join my mailing list. I promise no spam, sharing of email addresses, or annoying updates every 15 minutes.


2 comments:

James Garcia Jr. said...

Best of luck, Gabriel. It's funny how this writer stuff changes, isn't it? At the moment I only post once a month, and am only doing networking now because I'm between drafts on my latest WIP. Due to my 11 hour day job there is only time enough for one thing, and when I'm writing, that's it.
Best of luck as you deal with these changes and continue onward.

-Jimmy

Gabriel Beyers said...

Thanks Jimmy. I appreciate you stopping by.

You're right. The words should always come first. My perspective on writing has changed so much since I started this path.

The dreaded day job is hard to work around, but I guess it helps pay for the cover art and editing until our stories become self-sustaining.

Best of luck to you as well.

-Gabe