Welcome to the Blogpocalypse.

So, Realm of the Nine Circles 2 is now well past the halfway point. I’m rapidly approaching the big *spoiler deleted* where*spoiler deleted* does *spoiler deleted* and *spoiler deleted* happens.

But the story ideas won’t leave me alone, so I have to write on these other projects as well so that the ideas don’t grow cold and the worlds don’t go stale. That makes it hard to focus, but with the proper methods and discipline, I won’t suffer too much from “shiny thing syndrome.”

That occurs when the next new fresh idea leads me down the garden path and into a pretty project that distracts me from my goal of actually finishing a novel. That particular path is beautiful, but in the past, it’s lead me to not finishing what I started.

Part of the problem is that reaching the halfway mark of the book is kind of boring. I know what’s going to happen. I’ve revisited the themes and tropes so much that I literally see them in my sleep. Familiarity breeds contempt. I know too much about the characters.

So I hit the doldrums and took a single day break from writing on the work in progress. Instead, I worked on some email campaigns to my mailing list and brainstormed some ideas on how to provide quality work to those readers who have shown interest.

It’s all about the readers. How do I give them what they want? How do I give the reader the story they deserve?

In building my career as a writer, I owe the reader everything. I’m asking them to pay hard-earned money for my work. I’m asking them to pay my rent and buy cat food in exchange for building worlds sthey want to explore. I want to provide the reader with a place of refuge and escape.

This is serious business.

I know, I know, I’m not a firefighter or soldier or surgeon or anything. My job isn’t dangerous. I’m not saying that at all. I am saying that I take it seriously. Hopefully, not too seriously.

The work is important to me. I want to be good at it. That’s all. Again, the readers help me do that by…reading, and reviewing and commenting on various social media outlets or email.

So, the quest for eyeballs continues.