…’Either be silent or say something better than silence.’
This will be my last blog post for at least a year.
Back in 2012, I began this blog as a way to force myself to begin writing. Having a self-inflicted deadline was the most effective way for me to actually make progress with my goal of becoming a published writer. In the time since I began this blog, I have written five short stories, twenty novellas, four novels and I managed to make it to the final round of interviews for a job at Black Library. I also remain sadly unpublished, but c’est la guerre. It’s something I will be carrying on with, but as far as this blog goes, I shall be taking a break of at least one year.
The reason is, simply, that for the moment, I feel that have nothing left to say. In the two years and change that I’ve been getting my ideas down, there hasn’t been a single month where I haven’t at least panicked a little about what the next article was going to be. I’ve always managed to come up with something, but as of right now, I’m feeling the artistic burnout. While I could almost certainly force myself , I think anything I produce wouldn’t be up to my personal standards. As a result, I think it’s better to take a break an recharge to come back strong.
There will be occasional updates here, but they’ll mostly be reserved for announcements regarding my other writings. At the moment, I’m at a bit of a crossroads; there’s the potential that one of my short stories might see actual publication in a real, actual, physically real anthology of horror stories. If so, I can finally get myself a literary agent and start to pursue this writing malarkey for really real.
Of course, if that all falls through, I’m essentially back to square one, but I remain hopeful.
What I’d like to do at this stage is to thank you for coming here. The site will remain up, my articles in place, and – at some stage – I will be collating a complete edition of all my writings in PDF form for free download, so you can enjoy everything I’ve written in a more convenient form than having to scroll through this webpage.
Anyway, that’s all from me for now. If you’ve enjoyed Sinister Pinion (or TL;DR as it was originally known), then thank you. I hope I was thought-provoking, and if not, I hope I was at least entertaining. If you haven’t already, you can find me and follow me on Facebook and Instagram under my nom de plume of V.W. Talos.
Hope to see you all in January 2019.