Articles, conventions, and stories!

I’m sorry it’s been so quiet here.  I wish I had a better excuse but it’s been a combination of burnout and also excitement.  A whole lot has been going my way of late, which seems like it would be a good thing (and it is!), but it’s also taken a lot of work and a lot of attention.  So, what’s been happening?

 

Well, for starters, I’ve gotten my writing back.  As a very few of you know, I was robbed in 2014 and all of my computers were stolen.  It’s a crazy tale from there but the long and short of it is, I got my writing back.  All my backups and the backups of the backups and all of that.  So I’ve been diving into decade-old manuscripts, familiarizing myself with stories I thought I’d never see again.

 

Add to this some major leaps in my publishing standing (namely my first novel, Crossworld, being optioned for re-release) and there’s been a mad scramble to get ahead of everything.  Other good news is that my newest novel, RocKaiju, is moving forward.  But the bad news is that it’s behind schedule and this has thrown a major wrench into the short stories I was hoping to publish on this site.

 

Further hiccups are that I’ve been doing a lot more research and work on convention panels and nonfiction articles.  The good news is that I feel like the quality of work being produced is going up.  The bad news is that they take a lot longer and are considerably more demanding.  This has left me unable to maintain a monthly essay/article.

 

You may have noticed that there’s no story included in this update.  Yeah, I’m sorry about that.  I have stuff I’m writing but it’s either A) already set for a dedicated outlet or B) simply isn’t ready to go out the door yet.  I promise, new work is coming and I’m getting onto a routine where I can build up a strong(er) backlog in case there are delays like this in the future.  But the delays today are setting up a brighter tomorrow.  I did publish an article about Mary and Susan Test from the cartoon Johnny Test, released at BtchFlicks, if that’s appealing.

 

It’s scary.  Just a little over seven years ago, I graduated college more than half a decade later than my peers.  I found myself in debt, penniless, and working the same job I worked at sixteen but for less money (not even accounting for inflation, genuinely less money).  My writing career came to a crashing stop in November of 2009 when I saw the ugly realities of being pirated and torrented.  Since then, I’ve been struggling to right my proverbial ship.

I think I’m getting there.  I really do.  So much is finally taking shape, though granted in ways I never imagined.  I think the next little bit here is going to be very exciting, and it’s just the beginning.  So please hang in there with me while I iron out a few remaining kinks and get things moving again.  I know this isn’t the end of troubles, delays, and setbacks (not by a long shot), but I feel an optimism and enthusiasm I haven’t feel in ages.

Thanks for staying with me, and here’s to the next leg of the adventure.

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Author: Robert V Aldrich

Author. Speaker. Cancer Researcher. Martial Artist. Illustrator. Cat dad. Nerd.

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