Well, I neglected this blog for a year. Yes I’ve been busy writing a new novel, but that wasn’t the main reason behind my online absence: I mostly blame the spam. I never knew there’d be so much. I think I’ve solved the problem by removing the old comment plugin and adding one for facebook ones instead.
Also, I couldn’t commit to blogging due to not being home as much and using that time at home for writing fiction or for leisure. Blogging on the go was impossible because my netbook was one of the early Asus ones with Linux and consequently, was perfect for writing prose in short stories and novels or poetry because it was so limited, but good for little else. In addition, my old Nokia N84 was barely a smart phone: now I have a Samsung Galaxy Note; I’m using it to write this very blog outdoors, and it’s a pretty good experience.
I’ll probably write on or at least mention this topic often, because when I first discovered what was happening, it was a total “Aha!” moment. The moment occurred shortly after I wrote my first novel in 2005.
This novel still sits as a manuscript because it’s 500 pages long in Microsoft Word and I haven’t gotten around to editing it despite the mammoth effort by my friend Corinne to proof-read it for me. She’s been totally helpful over the years and was there to help me again for my second novel and I did actually edit it. I really couldn’t have got it into paperback form without her help. Everyone needs friends like this.
In regards to that first novel, I was unemployed at the time and decided to remain so at least until I finally forced myself to get down to it and actually write at least one novel. I didn’t know if I had it in me, because I was convinced I was better suited to short stories. But luckily I set a goal and had the help of a nagging mother. The goal was to treat it like a job. I started writing at 9 am each morning, took two 15 minute breaks, a 30 min lunch and ended each day at 5 pm: 5 days a week from the beginning of May until mid-June until I was finished.