Yes, it’s true: I am taking a break for a while. For the past several weeks, I have been battling some pretty serious depression and I feel that the time has come for me to take stock of my values and consider where I should go from here. I do not feel that my writing has improved of late and I have become increasingly less confident in my abilities and uncertain how to move forward. In order to take my writing to the next level, I feel I need to devote a level of time and money that, unfortunately, I simply cannot afford in my current situation. Writing will always be among my foremost passions but I have found my enjoyment in it waning of late because I have had to stretch myself between two jobs, studying for my upcoming exam, searching careers and business schools, and helping to take care of my family.
Something has to give in order for me to be happy and, though writing has always been my fondest hobby, I feel it needs to be put aside for the time being. I think I will be happier in the long run taking a step away from it and I think my writing will also benefit from the break. This week marks the first time in four years that I have not been working on a novel. I think I need to take this time to reevaluate my writing/publishing goals.
If you were excited about The Last Cup, I am considering making it available on this website as a free download starting October 1st. That may change. Although I am happy with the story and themes that I have crafted, I know the book would benefit from a professional editor and I have neither the time nor the money to pursue one at the moment. I am hoping that will have changed come November, but I have no way of making that prediction.
Thank you 1,000x to those of you who have supported me and helped teach me since I started this page in May. Your praise and criticisms have given me much to think about. Even while I am away, I hope to press any useful writing/editing/publishing articles I happen to find. If you should want to converse with me about ANYTHING related to this site or writing, in general, I hope you will contact me using the links at the top of the page. I hope this will not be interpreted as the end of a conversation; I’m only taking a breath to make sure that when I choose to speak again, I have something that is truly worth saying.
Thank you and, if you’re of a religious persuasion, God bless.