First Annual Jess Mahler Bookshelf Report and Reader Poll

Polyamory on Purpose Poll

First off, I’ve been talking about writing a book on raising kids in a polyamorous family for some years now and kept putting it off because of lingering emotional shit from my custody case.

I think I’m finally healed enough to tackle that topic and I know it’s one a lot of people want to see a book about.

BUT I already said I’d make my next book about abuse in polyamory, which is also a topic a lot of people are interested in.

Being the indecisive type, I decided to hand off the decision to y’all.

Here’s the poll for what the next Polyamory on Purpose book should be. Go vote on it!

(I a vague memory that I may have done a poll like this before? But if I did I don’t have any record of it? Anyway, sorry if this is a duplicate, but please help me out!)

Book Progress Updates!

Of late all my writing time has gone to Polyamory & Kink and Planting Life in a Dying City. All my other theoretically-active-projects have been on hold. My original goal was to finish both of them by December, and then be able to shift my focus. Unfortunately, this summer happened, and well… there was that too.

Anyway, as I write this, the re-write for P&K is 8% done. I actually have far more than that written, it’s just I haven’t yet gone through most of it to see what needs to be fixed, cut, added, etc. In total, I have over 21,000 words written, which is a bit more than 50% of the goal.

As long as I am able to keep writing regularly, I think I have a good chance of finishing on time.

Planting Life is another matter. While I’m ‘officially’ further along (32% finished!), I’m trying to get a lot more total words done (2.5x more, actually). Add to that, P&K is my priority (unlike my fiction work, my nonfiction actually has a following). So Planting Life only gets time when I’m at or ahead of my weekly goals for P&K.

Still, I’m making progress and really happy with how the story is coming. Paiokp is finally developing a personality and role beyond ‘random background person’. (I always figured ey would, but in a story with this many ‘main’ characters, it can take time to get to everyone.)

Jess Mahler Bookshelf Progress

So… the goal is to publish enough books to fill a bookshelf. In order to track this goal, it would be useful to actually have physical copies of the books so I can (ya know) put them on a bookshelf.

Which means at some point I need to format, submit, and order a paperback version of The Bargain and Whips & Fangs. As well as order copies of Polyamorous Home and Safer Sex for the Non-Monogamous. That might be a good idea. To bad I didn’t think of it sooner. See, I’m starting a new tradition — Each Rosh haShana, lining up all my books on an empty shelf and taking a picture to record my progress.

Unfortunately, as noted, I don’t actually have copies of more than half my books, so…

Here ya go.

Shana tova.

Polyamory on Purpose: Getting Over Burnout

It took a while, and for a while, I wasn’t sure it would happen, but I’m starting to want to work on my Polyamory on Purpose stuff again.

I’m NOT going back to the old set up, where PoP was my main focus and I spent two hours a day on it between blog and books. My fiction and other writing were afterthoughts. That’s HOW I got burnt out in the first place.

So What Am I Doing?

I’m not sure what exactly I am going to do, whether I’m going to figure out a schedule for what projects I work on when, including Polyamory on Purpose, just work on what I feel like when I feel like it except when I have a deadline, whether I’m going to start blogging PoP regularly again or just blog occasionally or not blog PoP at all and just stick with writing the books.

Right now I’m leaning towards only updating the old blogs and working on Polyamory on Purpose books*, not writing any new blogs. It rubs me the wrong way to leave several blog series unfinished, but it was the blog, more than anything, that burnt me out. But beyond that, I don’t know what I’ll be doing.

One thing I WON’T be doing is pushing myself. That’ll send me right back into burn out territory and create even more delay.

So the good news is: More Polyamory on Purpose!

The bad news is: It’s Coming (Unknown)!

Thanks to everyone who has stuck with me through all the change and upheavals the last few months. The changes aren’t going away, but it turns out, neither is Polyamory on Purpose.

I’ll keep you updated as I figure out what’s going on. Until next time!

*If you’re curious what I’ve got coming in PoP books, I have Safer Sex for the Non-Monogamous drafted but needing major revision. I have Polyamory and Kink outlined.

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