I know it’s been a while since my last post…. a long while… and I felt I owed you a bit of an explanation.
I’ve mentioned this in previous posts, but I started this page in order to create a platform for myself as a writer. I wanted a sort of home base for spreading the word about my book. So I thought to myself, what’s the best thing to share in order to get people excited about my fiction so that when the book finally did come out, I’d have a proverbial rooftop to shout off? A lot of writers share book reviews or writing advice, but I couldn’t be like them… no, I had to be clever.
I thought to myself, Cody, what better thing to share to get people excited about your writing than the writing itself!
It seemed like a very good idea at first because not only would I be “building my brand,” but I’d also be getting loads of extra writing practice.
As it turns out, there were two problems with this plan.
- Creating fiction for regular posting isn’t very conducive to good writing. I ended up concluding stories quickly so that I would have time to finish them and even worse, posting stories that had not been fully revised and edited. This is why so many of them feel rushed and have considerably less polish than my published works.
- Turns out literary publishers don’t like publishing stories that are already on the internet. Who knew? So I couldn’t do anything with the stories on my blog even when something good did come of the work I was posting.
Upon discovering these two things, I decided to go in a different direction. I’d just bought a used IMac that came with a copy of Final Cut Pro X video editing software. I’ve always been a big fan of YouTube analysis videos like the ones made by Nerdwriter1, KaptainKristian, Wisecrack and Super Eyepatch Wolf, (check them out if you have time!) so I made my own channel, Reading Into It. A couple of my videos are still available on my posts here. I wasn’t a professional video editor and I was less than an amateur narrator, but the videos were fun to make and at least I was creating something.
Then tragedy struck again. My IMac died, irreparably, leaving me without access to Final Cut Pro X which is a Mac-only program. I spent months trying to diagnose the problem only to find out the logic board was fried and it would cost more to replace than the computer was worth.
None of this is a good excuse. I should have moved on to something new then and there, but I got frustrated after that. I was just starting to get good at video editing and now I’d hit another roadblock. I was paralyzed by indecision and annoyance and didn’t know which way to take this page, so I did the absolute worst thing for it. I stopped posting all together, and the longer I went without, the more hesitant I was to start again. What was the point in making a post just to say I don’t know what to talk about?
So fast forward to the present. I’m still not 100% sure what direction I’m going to be taking this page in. (Sorry if that’s anti-climactic.) I’m thinking about doing the same kind of analysis and review I did on my YouTube channel, just without the video aspect, but that might change. I’m not sure if people will be interested in that or not. The stories and poetry I originally posted here aren’t going anywhere, but there probably won’t be many new ones going forward. The point is that I’m going to start posting again and I’m going to try to be somewhat regular about it.
To those of you that stop reading here: Thank you so much for coming this far with me. You don’t know how grateful I am that you decided to check out my page and read a bit of my writing. It means a lot.
To those of you who’ll keep reading: Holy shit! Thank you! I don’t know where this train’s going, but I’m so grateful to have you along for the ride. I have a couple tidbits of news and some ideas for books, movies, TV shows and video games I’d like to review. Hope that sounds interesting to some of you!
I also just wanted to say thanks to anyone who made it to the end of this post. It was a long and shambling mess, I know, but I needed to get something on paper (monitor?) to break the silence.
I hope you are all doing well. You’ll hear from me again soon,