This year has been really rough for a variety of reasons. Sales plunged into the dumpster and ignited. War of Nytefall didn’t really take off. Personal stuff went and still is going haywire. It started with my son being terrified of the bus, but that thankfully ended by the next school year. On a brighter side, I have a day job that I find fulfilling and am trying to find a way to get up a few levels. Still, the overall theme of 2018 for me was destructive change to my life. I’ll try to be as positive as I can here, but it’s going to be tough and a few followers know why.
I tried to get a lot of editing done this week because I want to release War of Nytefall: Rivalry in April. It didn’t go that smoothly, but not for bad reasons. Last Sunday was a day in the city with one of my closest friends, which was a blast. We need to hang out more often. (By the way, I mean NYC when I say the city. Sorry.) Monday was me waking up to help my oldest friend work on his house in the morning, which went as smoothly as our usual projects. It all worked out, but the rain was an issue and a short guy like me isn’t the best to have work on a ladder. Well, he did say I was all he had since it was Christmas Eve and I’m Jewish. Tuesday was ‘AQUAMAN’ with the parents who thought I needed some cheering up. They were right and it was a great movie. The rest of the week was Lego, appointments, and other adventures with my son. Both of us are back to school on Wednesday, so we’re trying our best to have a lot of family time. That means editing is at night if I have the energy.
The rest of this post is about the future and I think I’m going to divide it up:
I thought long and hard about this, but I think the blog story is where the adventures of Cassidy and Lloyd Tenay are going to end. With the job and other things, I only have so much time and energy to write. As much as some people enjoy this story, I’ve had more people tell me that they aren’t fans. It hurts to leave them in limbo, but I need to prioritize and put them on the shelf. One reason for this seems to be that more people prefer my fantasy adventures than my dystopia. I get the feeling that I’ve been pigeonholed and the bulk of my audience won’t follow me to other genres. As you’re going to see in a bit, they might not even follow me to other stories. Anyway, 2019 will be the last journey for Cassidy and Lloyd unless something major changes in terms of time, money, energy, and requests. Sorry to those who enjoy them.
This is one of my core series, so it’s going to take priority. I’m hoping to release Book 3 in April and Book 4 in December, but it depends on me getting things done. Rivalry is going to need some non-me eyes at some point, which scares me. A lot of people have offered help, but many of them talk about tearing it apart and rebuilding it. Doesn’t help that it’s part of a series, which makes shredding it more difficult. That’s not even the biggest challenge here.
As I said, it feels like much of my audience won’t follow me to other genres. They see this series as ‘vampire’ instead of ‘fantasy’ even though it takes place in Windemere and is written like an adventure story. I’ve also heard complaints that Clyde isn’t like Luke Callindor and Mab isn’t like Nyx. Seems people want me to write more Legends of Windemere and my new series is getting hurt because of that. Well, the champions are done. I need to write this one to get to the next one because I’ve got all of the Windemere adventures planned out to create a specific story. If I stuck with the first series then it would get stale and lose its appeal. Really wish I could do more to draw people to War of Nytefall, but many have made their opinions known in private that they didn’t want me to end my first series. This has been a major part of my frustration all year because I simply can’t give people what they want. That’s just reality here because I have no more champion stories to tell.
While he isn’t being retired like Bedlam, it will take time to get another collection out there. It has been suggested that I put his stories up here and then publish, which is an option. He could take the Thursday slot after Bedlam. Yet, I need to write some things first, which requires time. For now, Ichabod is going to be a side project in the truest sense of the word. If I don’t have time for Nytefall then I’ll work on Ichabod and use him as a mental cleanser between editing runs and new writing for the core series. This means he will return some day since people want that. Should point out that many seem to claim they love Ichabod in the same breath they say they aren’t big fans of Bedlam. That’s another reason I’m doing this because it feels like I had to pick one or the other due to limited time.
That’s really it for projects and plans. Not much else to say here. Just going to post the goals of the week, add a video, and head out.
- Finish editing War of Nytefall: Rivalry.
- Figure out how to get more editing done without an alpha reader.
- Enjoy New Years Eve.
- Play Lego Star Wars II with son.
- Finish reading Rave Master.
- Go back to work.
- Prepare the Sunday posts for January that will be Top 5 2018 posts.
- Prepare Derailing Bedlam and Teaser Tuesday posts for February and March.
- Possibly start writing War of Nytefall: Eradication.