So, as you can see, it’s been some time since I last posted here. No, I haven’t given up on writing. In fact, I’ve actually been writing myself blind. Just not here.
In my last post, I was talking about Kindle Vella going live. Guess what. I hated it. I pulled my Vella after only a few weeks of being on the site. I just couldn’t make it work for me. I’m sure if I’d have tried harder, it may have worked, but I wasn’t getting the satisfaction from it that I’d been hoping for. That’s on me, not Amazon.
Since then, I’ve been working very hard on a couple of my character-driven pieces. I still write as Cherish McKenzy on the site In The Crescent and as the goddess Demeter at In The Pantheon. I can’t explain it, but I love writing in this fashion. It’s like living a completely different life while sitting in my jammies in my own home. I dig it.
I’m also working on another book of prompts. A couple of years ago, I wrote Promptly Chronicled: 300 writing prompts to inspire the fiction writer. Though it did make a few sales, it wasn’t a smashing success. But I’m okay with that. It was my first Amazon book and I’ll always be proud of it. It was a learning experience. Not that I’ll know any more when I publish the second one, but at least I’ll know where to start. I’m hoping to have it done and ready to publish by the first of February.
I’m still writing on Medium off and on. Some months, I’ll only publish one or two pieces, others I can’t seem to stop. That’s why I love that site. Even if I can’t get inspired, it’s still waiting for me when I do. Kind of like this place. I can post as few or as many times per month as I choose. Some of what I write is embraced by the masses, some of it’s scanned a couple of times and forgotten. It’s all good. It’s not always about being read. It’s about being a writer.
I’ve been working on a character-driven site of my own for some time now. It’s called The Multi-Verse and I’ve had a blast with it. There are three characters on the site so far, each with their own storyline. First of all, there’s Lillith, a tavern owner in the afterlife. She takes you on a journey to show you what to expect when you cross over, but it’s probably not what you expected.
Next, there’s Nefertiti. The great wife of the hieratic Pharaoh Akenaten. This is where she explains why it is experts have never found her mummy. It’s because she’s immortal and living among us still. Her story starts out by focusing on how she became an immortal, though I’m not sure where she’s going to take me from there. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
And finally, there’s Kate Rhodes. Kate is also immortal but was given that gift by the goddess Hekate. As a baby, her entire village is rounded up by the church and executed for witchcraft. However, before the event, her mother left her in the hollow of a tree and dedicated her to the goddess. She learns all the lessons needed and becomes a great paranormal investigator. Her story is still in the works, but I like her because she doesn’t have a set historical backstory.
For as long as I can remember, all I’ve ever wanted to do is be a writer. It’s taken me 30 years, however, to realize that you don’t have to be a huge success in order to be a successful writer. You only need to be happy with what you’ve created. I’m proud of everything I’ve accomplished and by the things I see in my future. I know I’ll never be the next Stephen King or John Grisham, but I don’t need to be. I only need to be the best Christine Graves I can be and be thankful I have the chance to do so.
I love being a writer and I love the fact that I have a way to release all the weirdness that goes on in my head. I may not be the most memorable writer in the world, but even when I’m forgotten, I’m not gone.
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