Friday the 13th: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Day 28. 117 pages, 52,575 words.

Let’s start with the good news. Mr. dreameling just put me onto this YouTube channel where they talk about movies. I haven’t listened to much of it but they totally nailed Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens:

My thoughts exactly.

Bad news? I’m probably going to dial back the blog.

I will continue posting, at least my daily wordcount and deadline-march. But I am going to stop apologising for writing short, crappy throw-away posts and for not continuing my blog stories. I’m not going to keep on busting my front-butt trying to make each post a big, fancy, thought-provoking and entertaining event. Not that I succeeded at that too often anyway, but I’m still going to stop putting in the hours.

I will continue the blog stories, although whether I post them here or assemble them into a short story collection to add to the Amazon page, I’m not sure. I guess it remains to be seen. Yeah, I’m a sell-out.

Why stop? Well, because I started out on this blog post every day project as a way of kick-starting my book-writing. The idea was that I would assemble a bunch of blog posts that I could put into a book and just slap onto Amazon to see what happened, just to get something out there and begin building a reader-base.

Well, mission accomplished, motherfuckers. Except instead of making a book of blog entries, I wrote five actual novels. And a sixth is almost done. And I’m halfway through the seventh.

Right now, the blog is cutting into my book-writing time. It’s adding nothing to my momentum, and is providing a distraction instead of an incentive. The comments debates are great and I don’t want any of you thinking this was your fault – don’t ever change, you crazy diamonds. But there are only 24 hours in each day, and if I spend even 2 of those writing and commenting on the blog, that’s 2 less that I can spend getting the Trampsters to their next date with disaster. And disaster can be a bitch when she gets stood up.

So what’s the ugly news?

Oh nothing. Just that humanity might have chemically induced its own shitty, shitty modern psychological and social outlook.

Next time, just live with the headache. Fucking monkeys.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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8 Responses to Friday the 13th: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

  1. dreameling says:

    Lucky me I prefer Burana (ibuprofen) over Panadol (paracetamol/acetaminophen)!

    More importantly:

    While I enjoy visiting this blog at least once a day to read the latest stuff, I’m totally on board with your dialing back plan. Sounds like the right thing for you. (I recall wondering about your stubborn insistence on a blogging daily not that long ago. This makes sense.)

    • aaronthepatriot says:

      I feel criticized by this comment! Hateboy can explain, if he feels like it. LOL

      But I totally agree. Mission accomplished here. No need for so much solid content, anymore. But I’m torn as to which would be better: short daily updates, or less frequent but deeper blogs. I’m actually more for the latter. I find the short blog posts don’t leave me feeling like interacting. Maybe it’s the tylenol I just took….

      But yeah, you and I know quite specifically how we got here, and you referenced it in this blog post. Definitely, you got what you needed to out of this. I will miss the contact, though, unless you start liking emails a LOT more than you do now. It’s nice to hear from you daily, even if it’s more of a “here, read this shit” sort of “hearing from you”. You know?

      • stchucky says:

        Yeah, it’s probably going to be daily posts of little substance, just because the daily word-count and deadline-watch keeps me honest. Between books, I might go for more substance.

        And of course, if something absolutely has to be blogged, I’ll blog it.

  2. I am all for making some room for the books. The blog has clearly served its purpose. We’ve seen what you can do, writing-wise. Now you can focus on just doing it.

    By the way, starting the short stories here and then asking people to pay to read the endings, I wouldn’t call that a sell-out. I would call that a solid marketing plan.

  3. brknwntr says:

    I foresee much less bitching about my failure to post, although I will have to find something else to do first thing in the morning now.

    • stchucky says:

      Oh no, you still suck at blogging and if I do nothing else I will keep you informed of my opinions in that regard.

      I still need to post my writing status daily. And I have a bit of an arc planned for next week but it depends on how much time I get.

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