Sunday, March 25, 2012

AN ENDING...updated

At age 44 Clark Ashton Smith virtually stopped writing, went off in other directions with other endeavors. I intend to do the same at age 58. Yes, I’m 58 now.

Granted, there were extenuating circumstance in CAS’ case. Personal tragedies, etc. Not true in my case. I’m simply tired and disenchanted with the entire enterprise of writing.

However, I’m not finished just yet. I have a lot of notes, note files, outlines, ideas, etc. Enough to keep me going the rest of my life should I choose to, and without further additions to said files, etc., which, thanks to imagination, has a tendency to grow daily. But I choose not to; a line must be drawn or I’ll never stop.

So, a line has been drawn. I’ve picked ten stories that I intend to finish by the end of this year. I have one last brief story promised to an editor (whether or not it’s accepted); other promised materials have been written and submitted. That leaves the rest as material I simply need to write or finish with no deadlines, etc.

I might add here that I’m also in the process of rewriting all the GRETCHEN’S WOOD stories for a 2nd edition of the collection…these stories are not included in the ten I mentioned above.

Lastly, once finished, I’ll continue to do what I can to see they attain print in some capacity. But any further output will be non-existent.

** ** UPDATE ** **

For those who may be interested, here’s what to expect by the end of this year.

Two Gyndron novellas
One IC novella & two IC shorts
Three J Worthington shorts
One Slagheap short

Also, a rewrite of the GRETCHEN’S WOOD stories for a 2nd edition.

Currently I’m running behind my timeline, so a couple of the above listened proect may not get done.

** ** UPDATE #2 ** **

4 May 2012

I’m way behind the curve on the intended stories to write and edit by the end of this year. I’m having a hard time even concentrating on rewriting and editing a second edition of GRETCHEN’S WOOD let alone write anything new.

So, I’ve decided to start my retirement from writing early. Semi-retirement is perhaps a more accurate term. That’s right. I’m just going to take my time writing what I need to write no matter how long it takes. When I get the above listed materials finish, then I’m finished.

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