Hey there everyone.
I'm not sure how many folks visit this page or get updates here, but, there are still a few of you who continue to stick with me despite being so silent for so long. And for that, I just wanted to thank you for your continued support throughout the years, releases, and such.
And without further ado let's get you a long and overdue update you've probably been wondering about.
Since last January a lot has happened in life. Nothing bad or world shattering, but changes.
This summer all my kids had stuff come up which ended up causing quite a lot in terms of financial burden.
We weren't left drowning or lacking, but every aspect of savings we had, went to to this kid things. Since mid July I picked up a 2nd job and have been there since then. As such I had to, temporarily, bow out of streaming. I used to stream about 5 days a week at 2ish hours a night. But now I work at my part time job 4 days a week for 3 hours a shift. It isn't what I want to be doing with my life and I have long personal issue with me working more than 1 job, but, it is what my family needs for now and that's where I think I'll have to be for at least a year.
I've been asked if I'll be participating in NaNoWriMo 2023 and I'm not sure.
If you don't know, or forgot, nano is something that happens at various times during the year where writers typically ban together in communities of support to try and finish projects, start new projects, etc
While I'm not actively sitting at a keyboard I'm always working on the project mentally and plotting things. One of the major elements I changed in a story earlier this year was wanting to write
A Kid and His Slimes - 6 core books, 3 prequel books, 2 sequel books (1 of them being atticus 2)
Cybernetic Rebirth - 6 core books, 1 side book
??? 1 - 1 off story, involving a prequel to the worlds of the above series regarding 3 brothers featuring elements of light, dark, good, evil, and neutral.
??? 2 - 1 off story, involving elements from the last series as a sequel to both adding a 'finale' element
??? 3 - 1-? books telling the tales / adventures of 1 reoccurring character from the other 2 series. This would act as a prequel to the massive universe/world.
This feels like a massive series that I'm heavily putting my foot into. Both mind and soul. I want to write a massive series like that features an expanding world, world building, diverse characters, and compelling stories for each. I've been paying attention to so many things from other creators and I've been feeling extremely inspired from recent media such as the Final Fantasy 7 REMAKE compilation, Xenoblade, One Piece, Howl's Moving Castle, and more.
While this, I want, the above to be my life's work I also have a few side stories / novella pieces I want to write. In particular the duology I wanted to make. Each book with the pending names:
Which would be a duology really tackling mental health, surviving environments, depression, and escapism.
Anyways, IF I do decide to do NaNoWriMo this year, my goals will NOT BE to hit 50,000 words. Last year I jumped to 25,000 in about 2 weeks. Which was great. Except it burnt me out so badly I haven't really written anything since. I put so much time and focus on it, that it really almost ruined writing for me. But, a positive I took was this:
Something I've always done is thoughtful considered the content I'm consuming. And recently we've been watching Netflix LA adaptation of One Piece. In it the main character Luffy is constantly talking about "your dream", "his dream" and how he won't get in the way of someone's dream and will support his friends to getting to follow their dreams. So it got me wondering what my dream was. And it's to be a story teller. And right now I haven't been telling any stories at all. And I have so much imposter syndrome and insecurities constantly holding me down. Then I've been reminding myself of something Seth Rogen said in an interview "If you try, you might make it. And if you don't, you definitely won't." As simple as that idea is, it's just been floating around in my head for weeks maybe even months now.
Anyways, the point of what I'm trying to say in these ramblings is that I feel like I've finally nailed down something I want to do for myself and trying my best to give myself the tools needed to start, grow, and succeed. And succeed to me is going to be actually writing and releasing stories.
Life is long. People change, dreams change, goals change, and all of that is okay. So many popular creators didn't start or even find success until they were 40, 50, even 60+. There is no time table and no need to try to rush anywhere.
If you're still here, thanks for reading the ramblings of my brain and I hope you all are doing well.