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What I'm about to say goes against the grain of the joy and jubilation this season usually conveys: I'm glad this summer is over. Before I'm dismissed as a warm-weather hater, let me explain. The reason why I haven't been very active on this site or in social media is because the worst bout of depression I've had in years decided to creep in without any plans of checking out. And it got bad. Like really bad. So bad that I've hardly written a thing and played way more video games than is healthy.
Natalie Whipple echoed exactly what I was experiencing this summer, and her post gave me the courage to come forward about it and not hide in a dark corner with a thumb in my mouth, Prince John style.
It's hard to pinpoint all the triggers and I'd rather not revisit them, but I will say that my perception on publishing is going through a paradigm shift (say that five times fast). I love it, but man, it's hard. I never imagined just how hard publishing is after the first book. With our combined efforts, we covered five states in three months. The reception's been wonderful, lots of great reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, and we have international fans asking for more. Thank you!
So, we've been asked, "When's the next book coming out?" We did write Woven as a standalone with series potential for a reason. To be clear, yes, we are writing the next book and we intend to finish it. I can't really say when the next book will release, but it will, in time.
As far as dealing with depression is concerned, what I know for sure is that I need to keep writing. Yes, it helps if writing can pay the bills, but as of now, for me, I have financial needs to meet for my growing family. This is why I've considered taking a shot at self publishing. If I decide to do so, you will see the zombie novel fairly soon. The trick is to stay busy and not allow myself to get distracted. I allowed gaming to be my distraction this summer, for too long. When I overheard my kid's concern, I deleted everything. I've since written three chapters for three new stories, set up a newsletter, and did a load of dishes.
A load of dishes doesn't sound like a big deal, but it really is.
This adventure is far from over. Some challenges have been overcome while new ones have taken their place. As cliche as this may sound, the adventure is just beginning. There will be some changes to the way I blog, and I hope you like the change all through September.
Now for a shameless plug: If you know someone who might enjoy a fun, medieval ghost adventure, please recommend Woven to them. The hardbacks are $12 on Amazon right now. And if you've read it, Amazon could use some more reviews too. And if you would like to keep up with what I'm up to on a more personal level, and be eligible for exclusive news/giveaways, please subscribe to my newsletter.
You guys have my greatest appreciation and thanks for your support this summer. Let's make the best with what we have - each other.
What are some ways that you combat depression? Any tips for self publishing you're willing to share? What books are you reading?
I'm David, and "this is our home, they will not possess it."