It’s Thursday again, and time for another of my weekly blog posts about my writing.
There’s not much new to discuss today, but there are a few updates for the imaginary reader who cares about such things. First, I think I’m going to take at least a temporary break from doing the audio for The Chasm and the Collision. I had been toying with that possibility for a while but had decided (yesterday) just to go ahead and do the next chapter. When I had finished the initial recording of the first portion of Chapter 10, though, I discovered that some technical problem had occurred during the recording. I don’t know exactly what caused it, but the playback sounded echoey and tinny, with uneven volume. I didn’t deviate in any obvious way from what I’ve done for the past two or three chapters (which were recorded by a different method from preceding chapters and audio stories), and I don’t see any way to salvage the recording and make it pleasant for the listener.
I’m not someone who thinks that the universe sends messages or omens to people in the real world, even though I write stories about the fantastical and the “supernatural,” but I nevertheless took this as a cue—accidental though it was—to take a break.
It’s not as though I think a lot of people have been listening to those stories or chapters, in any case. I haven’t received a single comment or any other feedback, either here on the blog or on any of the YouTube versions of the audio stories, so I doubt that a hiatus is going to bring heartbreak to any human. And I sincerely doubt that any non-human is listening to the stories or is capable of responding to them, so leaving the audio aside should obey the dictates of the Hippocratic Oath and do no harm.
I took two days off from writing this weekend, not for any deliberate reason, but the holiday here in America (Labor Day) contributed. The occurrence of a tropical storm (mild for South Florida, but still rainy and dreary for a long stretch of time), also dampened my enthusiasm. I guess, technically, I took three days off, now that I think about it, because I wrote the first draft of my latest post on Iterations of Zero last week, in response to something that I had seen. I just did the editing and rewriting on Tuesday morning, after which I carried out the recording debacle described above.
Then, yesterday, I wrote again on Unanimity, which was productive. I’m lucky enough to enter easily into a state of “flow” when I’m writing, especially when writing fiction, so even when I’m gloomy or tired, I’m at least able to produce something. Whether that product is good or not is probably highly debatable, but the audience of one that consists of me at least always finds it tolerable so far. So that’s good.
On a tangentially related matter, I recently started a trial of “promote mode” on Twitter, but I think I’m going to discontinue it. The idea was to try to get word about my books and audio and podcasts out to a greater number of people through that venue, but unfortunately promote mode is not discriminating. It “promotes” every tweet one twits, so one encounters such bizarre phenomena as when a tweet expressing a feeling of profound depression and discouragement becomes my most “liked” and “retweeted” post since I’ve been on the site. That’s not the boost I’m looking for. Also, to my surprise and disappointment, my number of followers on Twitter has dropped since I began the trial; I’m getting a net negative return on a not-insignificant investment. It may be that I should give the experiment more time, but it’s not as though I have money and Twitter followers to burn. I think I should probably just let things proceed and grow—if they in fact do—organically.
And with that, there’s not much else to say today. My wittiness, limited at the best of times, is in the lower reaches of its curve, so I’ll wait for an upward swerve before trying to put out anything more entertaining. I do hope you’re all well, and continue to be so, and if anything, that you get ever better over time.