This has been a long time coming. You see I happened to notice a long while ago that the natural rate for the Many Rants of Larry Russwurm post was about once a week. In a week I can usually find something interesting and humourous to take on. To post at twice the frequency takes more than twice the effort. Usually I’ll brainstorm ideas or visit more news sites to come up with that second post a week.
Now there’s nothing wrong with the extra effort required to be prolific. If you have the time it’s fine. So mostly I kept it up, not wishing for the pastures to be any greener.
But the pressure to post made me post more than a couple serious posts. There’s nothing wrong with serious, it’s just that it’s not in the original vision of this site. The pressure to post also made me post a humour science fiction piece Mammaral, that later I realized would have been the perfect thing to send out to a science fiction site (that pays) that specifically was soliciting humour SF. The piece I sent in was rejected on the basis they didn’t consider it science fiction. Those two stories were all I had in the humour category of fiction.
So I’ve decided a potential payment should be given priority. The time I normally dedicate to that second post I’ve decided to use for fiction writing. Long time followers will know that I completed NaNoWriMo this year. But there was more to finish to get the first draft up to book length. I took the month of December off, and envisioned myself getting up to snuff again in January. Well it’s now halfway through February and I have finished a grand total of three pages. I need about 25 pages or more.
That second post is pure writing time. I didn’t write because I was writing. One post is usually 2/3 of a page and I think it translates to 1 fiction page because I also spend time editing before publishing my posts. With one page a week going to my fiction writing, I would have 6 more pages. Not that much but look, I would have tripled my output for the period since the new year.
I used other tricks to get me through NaNoWriMo. If my output continues to lag, I will institute more of these methods.
Don’t think that I’m going to give up on this blog. Sometimes I have ideas that I just have no other outlet for. Sometimes I want to experiment in public. Sometimes I just want to share. Bye bye Wednesday post but look for my post sometime on the weekend.