One Year and Counting

Wow, I just realized this morning that last Saturday, the 25th, was the one-year anniversary of this site. I had originally intended for some grand fanfare to accompany that mark, possibly with a contest, but the editing of Room 3 has consumed that possibility. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I do wish I had more time to devote to the site. I suppose it was inevitable that things would change once I started getting my actual stories out there.

It’s rather amazing to look back at where I was on the first post; I saw this site as more of a burden and a way to track progress on my projects rather than a thing that might take on a life of its own. A year later, and here we are. I still use this site as a clearinghouse of sorts, though of ideas: I like to share the research that I’m doing for future story concepts, as well as random writing tips, status updates, and ways to connect with fans. All in all, I’m pretty happy with the way the site has shaped up. I wish I could be more active here, but unfortunately that is just the nature of a writer’s business. I have to spend more time on the fiction, and fit this in where I can.

But yeah, a year. What have I done in the last year? What’s changed, beyond the site? I’ve joined several different writing groups, for one. When I started this site, I was something of a “lone wolf” writer who wanted to get more involved in things like critique groups but really had no idea of where to even start. I had very few followers on Twitters and knew even fewer writers. I wanted to take the traditional publishing path because I felt it held more prestige and honor. I had been working on a manuscript for this thing called Torat, and was just about to submit it to a first novel contest and agents. I did both, along with a few other contests, which I then went on to not win. Agents thought my writing was strong, but couldn’t connect with the story. I despaired for some time. Then I got wise.

I read up on what caused readers to lose connection with the story. I researched what agents could really do for me, weighed the pros and cons of traditional publishing and its frustrating process, and began a full rewrite of Torat into the book now called The Corridors of the Dead. If I hadn’t received personal responses from those agents, there’s a good chance that I would still be chasing the traditional publishing thing, or I would have given up. Those responses bolstered me.

Of course, since then I’ve published both a short story and a book and am on the brink of my second novel. I’ve learned so much since then, and met so many great writers. I can’t express how grateful I am to them, and to my beta readers and editor.

Wish I had more time to write here, but I just all of my friends and readers to know how much I appreciate your influence in my career and life over the last year, and look forward to many more exciting times to come. I think it can only get better from here.

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15 Comments

  1. Congrats on one year!
    Not an easy task.
    Many people I speak to stopped blogging simply because they ran out of things to say.
    Keep posting–and Happy Birthday šŸ™‚

    • Thanks Penelope. Honestly, I hit that point a few months ago, and had to step it back a bit. As it turned out, my problem wasn’t keeping up with ideas, it was keeping up with the blog itself. Easing back on my schedule helped a lot.

  2. Happy (belated) Anniversary!

    Congrats on all the hard work and perseverance.

  3. Yes, Happy Birthday, Shaggin the Muse!

  4. congratulations on your one year anniversary.:)

  5. Hi Jonathan! Congrats on your accomplishment; it’s a damn fine blog. Good luck with all your writing my friend! šŸ™‚

  6. Quite the accomplishments.
    Congratulations!

  7. Congrats buddy that awesome, keep it up!!

  8. Happy late birthday to your site šŸ˜‰

  9. One year! Congrats! I am about half a year behind you, I think, and already I’ve found having a blog to be a lot more engaging and fun than I expected. It has allowed me to connect with a lot of fascinating people – present company definitely included!

    Happy Birthday!

  10. Whew, a year. I think I’ll hit mine at the end of June. Would have to look and see. For me, it’s kind of a love/hate relationship (well, “hate” is strong, but it’s a cliche that works). I like doing the posts, but sometimes as I sit writing them, all I can think is, “hmm, that was an hour I could’ve spent writing.” Then there are the posts where I really have a good time.

    I’m trying to scale back a little, as well (even though I only post once a week), so I’m pulling out some of my older material that I’ve never released that might be entertaining to my readers (but which saves me the time of having to write new stuff).

    Anyway, congrats on a year. Keep fighting the good fight, my friend.

    Paul D. Dail
    http://www.pauldail.com- A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

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