It’s been a crazy few months over here in the Butler household. Sucky Day Job was exhausting and I hadn’t done any writing in the last few months. I missed it terribly. But bills need to be paid, so Sucky Day Job was necessary.
But there comes a point when you have to think about your mental health. What good is having a decent paying job if you don’t have time to enjoy your life? Conversely, not having the money also negates the enjoyment of your life when you’re stressed about paying bills. I’ve been on both ends of that spectrum now.
I’m not sure which I prefer.
Now, I am writing again. I started posting videos again. This is how you can tell that I’m feeling better. When I stop trying to actively avoid things I enjoy doing because they stress me out, I know that I’m getting better. It’s been about a month since all the things changed, and I’m just now starting to feel like myself. I’d forgotten what that felt like.
Now I have the problem of what do I write? On the one hand, there’s two more books in the Reaper series to write. There’s also two more books in the Bloodlines first trilogy to write (there are more I’d like to write in that world, but the story I started with Amethyst Dreams was originally planned as a trilogy… but that’s an entire other post). And then… there are two new projects I’d like to write. Big projects. Fun projects.
Generally, the way I’ve done things is the way people tell you not to when starting out with publishing. And they might be right, but I am who I am. While some things I can change, others I can’t… or I don’t want to. The way I write means I may skip around in the various series I have open. Maybe I have some kind of breakthrough for the Reapers while I’m writing Bloodlines stuff. So I might need to put it down. (Not saying that’s what has happened. It’s just an example.) It means… I may completely upend my schedule randomly. But it’s how I keep writing. I write what excites me. I write what I’m passionate about writing. Which is why I don’t post much about my release schedule.
But this is also not a post about my writing schedule… I mean, not really, but also kinda. I’m giving myself some space to work on projects I’m excited about. From there, I’ll figure out a good schedule to get them to you. And I will let you know here on the blog, in my newsletter, and definitely for my Patreon supporters.
This was a really ramble-y way to say… I’m back, I’m writing, and I love you all for your kind words, for your support, and just for hanging with me.