What’s Going on With This Blog

Updates have been really irregular and erratic lately, and I’m afraid it’s going to stay that way. After thinking about it, I’ve decided that updating the blog is going to be the lowest priority on my work list.

Building Family

My top priority is getting the next book ready. Right now the “next” book is a novel with the working title “Building Family” (yea, I suck at titles). It’s set in a bronze age society where group marriages and generational families are the norm. The story follows a group of people who come together to create a new family. It’s debatably fantasy–it’s an original world that has magic, but no one has figured out how to control the magic yet. So magic this weird natural phenomenon that people mostly try to avoid bc random uncontrolled bursts of magic tend to end badly. Future books in the series, if I get around to writing them, will be more stereotypically fantasy with all the magic users and such.

No matter what else, I try to put half an hour / 450 words into the book first thing in the morning.

Cuil Press

My next priority is my Cuil Press work. After I’ve done my writing for the morning, I pull out the business stuff. We’re in a downtime at the Press right now. (‘Downtime’ is code for ‘not under deadline crunch’, not ‘we don’t have much work to do’.) Our next book, Granny Chosen One and Other Twisted Fantasy Tales, isn’t scheduled for release until May. So I have time to deal with stuff like sorting out the budget for the year (which I should have done LAST year, but then we WERE in a deadline crunch. Plus we have very few expenses yet, so one month doesn’t make much difference). Also filing various legal stuff with the state and feds and generally getting all the admin shit I let slide during deadline crunch sorted out.

It’s work that I enjoy. I know that sounds a bit strange, but I like getting stuff organized and everything in its place. Which is a large chunk of what administration is. So I got that going. I generally try to put 2 hrs into Cuil Press each day.

Life Shit

Mixed in with these two is personal life stuff–making sure everyone has food, that the kids have clean clothes, various appointments, school stuff, etc. If nothing else gets done, this gets done. But if I have energy to do more stuff, writing gets done first, then this and Press work get done.

Everything Else

If I have any energy left when I’m done with all that (and I usually don’t), that’s when I work on blog posts, or the next installment in the web serial, How NOT to Save the World, or my short stories, or all the other “little” projects that are getting perpetually back burnered.

Right now, this is where Polyamory on Purpose is going to fit in (I think). Since I’m still getting over the burnout, PoP is definitely gong to be a “when I feel like it” deal for a while. We’ll see what happens when I’m fully past the burnout.

Summing Up

So that’s where I’m at right now and why this blog is updating so erratically.

The good news is my doc thinks I may have a b12 deficiency. This is GOOD news because if he’s right, then part of my constant exhaust has a cause that is treatable. Which will help with having the energy to do ALL THE THINGS. Planning to get relevant blood work done today (the day I’m writing this post). Fingers crossed!

 

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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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