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Writer, soldier, thinker, and science fiction lover. I just can't seem to find a way to divide my adventurous self of constant outdoor activity and exercise from my nerdy self playing games and going to conventions. So why not just be both?

 I am a young professional living out of Tallahassee, Florida for the past five years. I have been on a deployment with the United States Army and continue to work outside of my other occupations to better myself mentally and physically. My passion for writing is driven by my passion for everything I find entertaining in life, and of course by my friends and family.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

So many writing options... so many struggles...

Have you ever had so many exciting options that you couldn't decide which one to choose from? I haven't until now. I am currently brimming with excitement on two different pieces I really look forward to writing.

One is a horror story
the other is a realistic adventure story.

I love my horror, and on a few free moments I've already laid the ground work to work on it, I know where I want to go with it, I have my outline set. I wrote the first two paragraphs and then had to stop because, well, life.

I always read though, it's one of the requirements to be a writer, to read from others. With D.J. Molles books (surprisingly fun books, highly recommend them), I got inspiration to start working on my adventure story, one of which I've already dabbled with here. I have a more general idea of where and what I want to do with the story line. I have the sculpt of several general characters, but I'm not committed to them yet. The enthusiasm however is enormous.

Now I'm not a paid writer, which is why publishing the two books I have done has been so slow, I really do have to finance everything myself (drafting, editing, re-editing, reading, re-reading, editing, rewriting etc. etc. etc.) and it's expensive, pure and simple. I refuse to release a half rate product to the market. So this makes writing things that I'm excited about even more difficult.

Imagine if you will being a wood worker, you can produce beautiful pieces of furniture, but until you sell your entire inventory you can't continue your next several pieces of work. Now the logic would be, if they are beautiful, people will buy. That's great, except you're surrounded by furniture warehouses that are cheaper, and stocked to the brim with inventory they can't move while you try to carve out an existence among them. That's pretty much what it is like. The writing market is saturated, and rightfully so. So the need to be even more exceptional in even greater.

To give you an idea of how difficult it is, I've been writing here for nearly 2 years (plus or minus) and have been writing privately for even longer. Of that, I have exactly 20 followers I know will read what is posted (Blogger allows me to see my stats). Then I know I'll gain another 10 or so of people who read every so often. From there, I might expect to find another 10 randoms who just read and move along (unfortunately if you subscribe by email you are not reflected on Blogger's 'followers' for me to easily track). So, two years of writing and struggling has gained me 30 readers. I appreciate everyone of you, and for you other 10 I hope to see you back soon. But even 40 people is not very many, it's not even a drop in the bucket of the population that is targeted.

So you can see the difficulty, and I will continue to write regardless of the outcomes, but I won't allow that to lower my expectations for my products. If I release something, that unlike here where the material is free to read, and expect to charge people even a single penny for the product, then it will be worth it to the highest standard possible. So I know I have said it before, bare with me, my writings will continue, and the books will come.