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Happy Holidays to you all!
I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas, Yule, Festivus, or anything else you might have celebrated or are celebrating right now. And that you all have lots of dreams come true in 2020. I’m approaching it with optimism and the attitude that it has to be better than this year! Who’s with me? Spreading cheer and goodwill aside, I’m dropping you a line today to make sure you know that all six of my novels are now free on Prolific Works. You can get them all through my author page right here:
Now I have to talk about the neon pink elephant in the room. I know I’ve disappointed some of you this year by failing to finish Book of Shadows 5, but believe me when I say that no one is more disappointed about that than I am.
Unfortunately, the seasonal aspect of my bipolar depression kicked in early this year and I’ve also been dealing with some health problems, one of which I chose to deal with via surgery last month and I’m sorry to say that having that surgery is one of the biggest regrets of my life. It fixed the problem it was supposed to but created five others. Suffice to say, I just haven’t been able to muster up the positive energy I need in order to write. If you can send me some, please do! Healing prayers, spells, etc, are welcome, too.
All I can say is that I will finish Book of Shadows 5 next year. Eventually, spring will get here and I’ll be able to sit outside and smoke a cigar and write in my notebooks again. It’s like there’s magic in the air when I do that and I overflow with creativity. I’ve tried writing in notebooks in the house and in cafes and it just hasn’t worked. Apparently, I need sunshine and nicotine. To that end, I sometimes chew nicotine gum, but it doesn’t do much for me. There must be some other things in tobacco that enhance my creativity. In any case, I’m certainly not suggesting that anyone else start smoking cigars. Or other things, for that matter. I’m simply sharing my experience.
One thing I’ve been tempted to do lately is making a final pass at my unpublished memoir, Fear & Self-Loathing in Los Angeles. I really need to get that published already. Goddess knows it will probably have a wider appeal than my other books. It’s about my descent into anorexia and a relationship with a woman I’d only later find out had DID, disassociative identity disorder, otherwise known as multiple personality disorder. Suffice to say, that was one complicated relationship. But I loved her and the book is very much a love story. It’s a love story about someone who loves someone so much that he starves himself in hopes of making himself more appealing so she’ll love him back. (I should save that for the blurb.)
The reason I haven’t been working on Fear & Self-Loathing is that I’ve felt like I’d be betraying those of you who are waiting for Book of Shadows 5. Thinking that if I can’t work on that then I shouldn’t be allowed to work on anything else. But I’ve finally realized how ridiculous that is. For one thing, maybe working on something else would open up the well of creativity then I would be able to work on Book 5? As Emma would say, “On ne sait jamais.” Translation: one never knows. Besides, time spent doing nothing is time wasted so I might as well edit Fear & Self-Loathing now and at least get something done. I’ve barely even written anything for my music and pop culture site, Love is Pop, the last few months because I let myself feel like I wasn’t allowed to do that either if I wasn’t working on Book 5. I see how absurd that is now, too, but for a while there I truly was taking on too much for the site and it was preventing me from writing books. So, I took a month off. A month during which I was determined to finish writing Book of Shadows 5. But I just couldn’t do it. Please accept my sincere apology for that and know that I’ll finish it as soon as I can. And please try to understand if I publish the memoir in the meantime.
That’s all for now, peeps!
Have A Safe & Happy New Year!
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