I have been hella busy this year revisiting some of the older sci-fi and fantasy stories I’ve written, finally getting around to editing and publishing them. The one that took up most of the year was a novel I had started back in middle school called Camping on Other Planets. It’s a “sword and planet” adventure where three boys are abducted from Earth and taken to another world. In rewriting it, I really focused on the characters’ friendship and religious beliefs, and in doing so, I’m confident this is the best thing I’ve ever written. Please give it a try!
I’m also in the process of converting a cartoonish fantasy trilogy that was originally intended to be a movie series. It’s a little disheartening to take these cherished screenplays and turn them into e-books, because I’m losing a lot of the visual gags and background touches I had envisioned. What am I ever going to do with a bunch of scripts, though? Besides, the core story and characters are still pretty fun. It’s very similar to to the anime/manga, One Piece, after all. So if you like kooky pirate adventures, you’ll definitely like this. Books 1 & 2 are already live with the third Hazel Haven book coming out in December.
Once Hazel Haven 3 is ready, though, I’m done with writing. Seriously and forever. I do have a few other sci-fi stories I would love to further develop, but indie fiction is just such a tough sell. My first fantasy book, The Second Page, still hasn’t even broken 20 lifetime sales yet. And it was published back in 2011! The only writing of mine that has been even remotely success is my travel books. Unfortunately, I don’t think I will have the chance to live abroad long enough to write a third Yes Country book. China and Thailand are the extent of my personal adventures. And even those stories are pretty much dead now. The wave of recent one and two-star reviews have seen to that.
I’ve actually been tempted to unpublish the travel books entirely and rewrite them into a generic memoir. The feedback I’ve gotten suggests I should have taken a more David Sedaris approach, anyway. People just really hate reading about my feelings in a book that’s supposed to be about China. But I don’t know if I will do anything about it. Too much work. And I really need to move away from writing. I’ve exhausted myself trying to be both a game developer and author. One of those needs to rest for a while. So I’m going to switch gears and focus only on game development now. You can follow my progress on my game dev blog if you’re interested. Otherwise, I guess this is goodbye! Seriously, even this blog may be disappearing before too long. Enjoy it while it lasts.