It’s tough sometimes to keep the momentum going. I do tend to keep busy, but there are periods that I don’t have new stuff to talk about. The Patreon has been good for keeping me busy, and I’ve happy it’s pushed me to do me some shorter stories. Not everything I’m going to write for it is going to get released publicly, but two stories from my Patreon have made it to FA and SoFurry, “Loving You is Wrong” and “Loosening Up.” One good thing about Patreon is it has forced me to work more regularly.
Short story wise, I did write over 6,000 words last month split across three different projects. Since I started the Patreon, my stories have gotten a little shorter. Part of that is I’m putting out a piece of work each month now, and I can’t always do the level of detail I did in the past. That said, I’m proud of myself I’ve been able to keep it going. I’ve used some existing material like novel chapters, but I’m also proud tof myself hat last month’s story clocked in at over 2,500 words and included a research component. I had in my head the stories for Patreon would be a minimum of 1,000, but I’ve been able to exceed that. I didn’t know when I got started last May if this was something I could do and do regularly, but I knew if I didn’t challenge myself with a monthly goal, I wouldn’t be able to keep at it. Only once have I had to run a previously published story. I’ve also been able to keep a monthly blog post going also.
The novel also is currently in a holding pattern. The publisher I sent it to passed on the book, so I sent it so some beta readers. I’m waiting on them to get back to me so I can see what the next step for the book is. I’m optimistic I’ll have more to share about the novel in the next few months, but until then, there isn’t much more I can say. I do need to start planning for book two.
Writing is a process. Creating stories takes time. I don’t always have a lot to share, but I’m still at this. I’m still pushing ahead, even if there isn’t a lot that I can share.