In college, one of the first questions you get asked when you meet someone new is “What’s your major?” or “What are you studying?” When I tell people that my major is English, the conversation usually goes something a little like this:
“Oh, so do you want to be a teacher?” they ask.
“No, I want to write novels,” I reply.
“Oh, that’s really cool! What kinds of stories do you write?”
This question always freezes me because there’s an honest answer, and then there’s the one I always tell people. I always tell people I write horror stories, because for the longest time, I did write horror stories. Currently, though, and the more accurate answer to the question, I don’t write jackshit. But that’s about to change.
I haven’t exactly been…active on here for the past couple months. I wanna tell you guys I have a good reason, but I don’t. The closest thing that I can muster up for a reasonable excuse is that the transition to college is a rough one—but it really hasn’t been. I had a rough first couple of days, but everything is going well now. I’ve made friends and I’m having a very fun time, but there has been a change that I don’t like: I have barely written anything.
I’m not going to go into specifics, but what it really boils down to is this: Between classes, my social life, and my ever-increasing need to take 4-hour naps on the daily, I have little time to do much else, and when I do, I don’t usually feel like writing. I’m taking a class on Storycraft, so I’ve kind of used that as an excuse. I’ve only written fiction when I had to hit a deadline. (Don’t worry, I’m better at hitting those deadlines than my self-imposed ones I had at the conception of this website.)
I’ve tried to make this post numerous times, but something has always dissuaded me. I kept thinking “It’s been too long, it doesn’t matter what you have to say anymore, especially if you’re writing about nothing in particular.” Well, I’ve decided to just make the post so I can continue with whatever the hell I was doing on here before I took my hiatus. I’m going to keep posting stuff, but there’ll be some key changes.
1) Less Reviews.
I’ve come to the realization that most of the books I was reviewing on here have been around for a while, meaning that my opinion of them really doesn’t matter. Why would people come here to read a review when they could read one by someone who works for the New York Times? Anyway, I’ll still review new books I get my hands on, but I’m officially doing away with my One Week, One Book project. Reviews will be sparse but better-done in the future.
2) No Original Work— For the Time Being
I don’t write enough as it is. When I do write something, I don’t want to feel pressured to post it on the internet for all you crazy people to see. I’ll probably post some things later on once I establish a solid routine again, but for a little while at least, you aren’t gonna see shit. The fact of the matter is, once I publish something on this blog I cannot publish it anywhere else, so if I spend all my time writing kick-ass stuff, I want to be able to make something from it later on. As a write, though, I’ll update you all on my progress and such. If you’d like to be on a mailing list to read first drafts and things of that nature, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get something worked out.
3) More lists
Remember when I did this? Yeah, more of that stuff. Topics will vary.
4) My Thoughts on Current Events
If you know me at all, you know I’m an opinionated little shit that loves to argue. I also tend to think I know a lot more than I actually do. I think it’s time to turn that into fun for all of us. There are times when I just need to rant, ya know? You guys get to be the lucky recipients. If you disagree with something I say, awesome. We can discuss it at length. If you find yourself on the same side of the fence, congratulations on succeeding at life. (I’m kidding, of course. Only I succeed at life.)
5) This Number Covers Whatever Else I Haven’t Thought Of
Honestly, I don’t quite know where this is heading. I really don’t have a single clue. I kinda just realized that I need to man up and get serious about my writing career, and to do that I need to maintain an internet following. At this point, you guys know as much as I do. All I can assure you is that I have hopes and dreams, and I’m ready to make them happen. No more messing around. I’m motivated for once in my god-damn life and it’s time to do something with it. It may be a bumpy ride, but I’d love to share it with whoever’ll listen.