I read recently somewhere that blogs should make a comeback. It’s fine to use Twitter or Facebook or Instagram or whatever, but the truth is that you’re only renting those spaces. They aren’t yours, and while those services want you to succeed (since it helps them succeed), it doesn’t change the fact that you are subject to their whims.
So I’m going to try getting back to regularly updating. We’ll see how it goes. I used to think of a blog as an obligation, but only recently did I realize that writing regularly, in any form, is a good habit for writers to have. It’s easy to think of writing this as a distraction from my real job of writing stories about robots and dragons and super ninjas. And sometimes it is. But writing, like most things, is also a habit, and I’d say that writing for distraction is still writing which is better than not writing at all.
At the end of the day, your brain thinks in broad strokes, and if it’s used to writing, it’ll want to write. If you write enough, you will finish something. If you finish something, even if it takes a roundabout way, you’re ahead of most people.
So, yeah. I’m writing to distract myself but I’m also writing to write. I’ll take whatever victories I can get.
As you are probably aware by now, A. LEE MARTINEZ APPRECIATION DAY!! Is just around the corner. It’s that glorious January 12th when we all sit back and reflect on all the wonderful things A. Lee Martinez (that’s me) has done for our world.
No, I didn’t end poverty.
No, I haven’t fixed systemic racism.
No, I won’t come over and clean your garage out.
No, I can’t stop climate change.
But, hey, I’ve written some books that were pretty good.
It’s a weird thing to think about that I’ve been doing this professionally for but 15 years now. And I was doing it unprofessionally even longer. (Cue rim shot.) There have been a lot of ups and downs, and I’ve been fortunate in a lot of ways. It doesn’t mean I always love this business, but I’ve done better than a lot of folks. My incredible talent helps, of course, but one thing I’ve learned over the years is that there are a lot of talented people out there. Anyone who thinks they are a singular genius is fooling themselves.
So thanks for caring about my stories and what I do. It means a hell of a lot. Without people willing to buy my books, I’d pretty much have to work a regular job, and while I once could do that sort of thing, 15 years of professional writing have really hampered my other work skills.
There’s a lot of great stuff on the horizon, but the nature of this business means that I don’t see much point in talking about it because it might not come to fruition. There’s a lot of waiting and seeing, but I’ll keep you updated.
If you have any questions, comments, you can always reach me at Hipstercthulhu@hotmail.com.
Stay tuned, Action Force.
Fighting the good fight, Writing the good write,