Before the And

Obviously, lots of things happened before January 1, 2017. I didn’t just appear out of nowhere with a website and start writing. Over the next two weeks, I’m going to try and get you up to speed. This is not going to be an autobiography, don’t worry I won’t bore you with all the details. This is just going to be some selected things that I think set me on this path.

Come close, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I published my first title on January 30, 2016. Then I published another on February 29, 2016, and then another on April 23, 2016. They were the first three parts of a series of short stories. My plan was to release a new story in the series each month, but I ended up moving city and having to find a new job so everything else got put on hold.

I’ll admit it, the covers are garbage, but the stories were well received by the few that managed to find them. I had planned on continuing but the move took all of my focus and left me with no energy or time to get back into it.

Then, just before Christmas, I found a burst of energy and wrote a short story about a barbarian named Xanter. It is a parody origin story of Santa Claus. I released it on Christmas Eve and gave it away for free between Christmas and New Year.

He knows if you’ve been bad…

Having completed this mini project, I suddenly felt the energy and enthusiasm return for me to get back to my series. I reread the first three stories and spent the entire time shaking my head. The story was good, I still liked it, but my writing had improved since then.

I thought long and hard about what to do. Ultimately, I wanted to write the story, but I knew I would need to update the first three. I made the difficult decision to unpublish all of them so that I could focus on making them better.

So that’s what I’m doing now. I have the first twenty-six stories loosely plotted. I’m giving myself a year to write and edit as much as I can. In 2018 I am going to start releasing them. This way I will have a significant reserve should life try to get in the way.

Anyhow, I had better get writing. Lots to do.

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