Writing Journey #1- Starting My Novel

SO, I DECIDED TO BLOG a lot more this year, and started off with a few ideas. Now, while those are still up in the air (like talking about being a father, and why I got into anime, among other things) I decided to forgo those for now. I realized that as of late I’ve been writing and going through a lot of different projects, both writing and otherwise. My mind has been pulled in several directions over the last year, from animation, to shorts, creating artwork, trying to keep social media up to date with everything, and even trying to get cosplays of our characters.

I DON’T PLAN TO get into animation, or cosplay. It’d be nice, but I don’t really have the expertise, as much as I’d like to. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. The point of this blog entry (or I guess series?) is to 1) keep writing and hone my skills 2) record my journey as I attempt to finish a novel I’ve been working on for a long time and 3) just to write, since I think it’d be good to start writing a lot more.

MY FIRST DECISION IS TO STOP working on so many outside projects, and just concentrate on writing. No more attempts at animation shows, or cosplaying, or anything else that doesn’t have anything to do with strengthening me as a writer. I want to concentrate on what’s important. Writing. I will however continue to write for Metal Arcade, Gameluster, and Animation for Adults.

NOW, ONTO THE MAIN REASON for this entry. I started writing my novel again! It’s been a long time since I’ve actually sat down and tried to finish it. Been really distracted doing other things. It’s something I’ve always wanted to finish, but started venturing out into different venues. I guess I felt like if I could create something a bit more visual, that people could access quickly (videos, cosplay, shorts) that I’d be able to generate some interest in the series.

THE FIRST STEP WAS The Adventures of Rel Rel: Lost Mirror, which was meant to be a precursor to my novel. Truthfully, Rel Rel wasn’t very well accepted. As a story the ending has been in question, which I can understand. Also, the book wasn’t edited very well. The publisher I decided to go with published the book with a lot of typos and errors that I caught after the fact. Even the Audio Books weren’t accepted very well. Which I’ll admit is disappointing.

I WAS PLANNING TO CREATE animation, and episodes, and more artwork, in an attempt to revitalize The Adventures of Rel Rel: Lost Mirror. However, I need to recognize that it is what it is, and I need to move on. I finished the story, which is what is most important to me. Rather than spend time and effort creating more work, and more projects, based on Lost Mirror, I’ve decided to just let it be. I also do not plan to renew my contract with SynergEbooks because I’m not happy working with them.

ONCE THE CONTRACT ENDS I may just post Lost Mirror on the website in its entirety. It’s a short story that will probably never be published anywhere else, so I may as well just allow anyone to read it for free. I’m fine with that.  I’m also planning to add an ending that didn’t show up in the original book, that will bridge the book with my novel.

PERHAPS I’M JUST NOT A GOOD WRITER. That may be a key issue to why the book didn’t do too well, but I still plan to finish my novel. I want to find an agent, and get it published through a traditional publishing house. I may never find an agent, or get my novel published, but I’m going to try. In the end, I hope I can end my writing journey with the novel finished. I have to. If nothing ever comes of it, at least I’ll have finally written my story, my way, regardless of the outcome.

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