Jeremy sent me a whiny email asking me to post something to the forum, letting you all know what was going on with me, and that sparked a considerable amount of guilt, prompting me to do just that. Or this. I haven't checked the forums for posts, because I figured it would be better to share my point of view in an uninfluenced way.
I've had some life challenges, but nothing that is dire. It's more that my real life has absorbed an increasing proportion of my time, which is probably as it should be in a normal state of things. The thing that has baffled me, and what has made me avoid this place for awhile, is that I've faced these challenges before, and my writing has never suffered as a result. Yet now it is.
I'm not sure why. I constantly think about the two serials I'm working on (CAP and Bridgemont) and extensively plan out what I want to happen with the characters, at least in my mind. But when it comes to sit down and actually write, I find myself unwilling or unable to actually do it. In the past, I've been stymied by plots where I've written myself into a corner, or characters who didn't turn out like I wanted them to, but that's not the case this time. In this situation, I know what I want to write, I just don't want to \. That bothers me, because it's so different than what I'm used to, and because I know it bothers you.
Conventional wisdom suggests to me that the writing bug will bite me again, that it's only a matter of time. I can't imagine abandoning the characters and the world that I've built. At the same time, it's just no fun if I have to force it, and that's going to impact the quality of what I'm putting out. And I'm not willing to do a half-assed job. On a positive note, I have three chapters of Black Widow in various stages of editing, and half a chapter of Valiant written. There has been some activity, just not much.
So the bottom line is that, as an update, I need to let you know that for the foreseeable future my productivity will probably be seriously diminished. At the same time, I want to reassure you all that I'm fine, just a bit busy, and that I remain committed to continuing the stories I've been working on for such a long time. And that my head is partially shoved up my ass. That should surprise no one.