When I first started working on this project, my life was a lot different than it is now, that’s for sure. In those days I had a wife, a dog, a cat, a car, a modest career, and big dreams of something more.
It’s terrifyingly amazing how one’s life can change in such a short amount of time.
Now here I am, several years later. Divorced, the cat (who went with the ex) died last year, the dog went with the ex, have been to the ER twice (once for a near-stroke, once for gallbladder surgery), and a new job. As chaotic as my life has been, there’s been very little time or energy to really put anything down on paper/podcast in recent times.
I never wanted to admit defeat though. Even though I hadn’t touched this project or writing in general for so long, I never EVER wanted to see this project die. I kept trying to keep going, but everything I wrote seemed unworthy of the story. Yes, I’m my own worst critic, but you all knew that, didn’t you?
I was growing more frustrated until I went to an art convention in Edmonton a few months ago. I ran into two old friends to whom I’d barely spoken in far too long. It turned out they were hosting a writing panel at the con, and not only said I was going, they said I was sitting in the front row. Oye.
Well, I have to say that it was definitely time well spent. The discussions were relevant and interesting, and afterward I was asked (not told…asked) if I’d be interested to join a writer meet-up group. I said I’d check it out and I’m glad I did. There’s some preamble to start with, but the core reason for this meetup is to write, and I mean write. These guys were banging out 1000 to 2000 words a session, or they were editing/reviewing other written works.
It took a session or two, but eventually I started dusting off some of my older writing projects to see if I could get the gears turning again. I’m not at 2000 words yet, but I’m getting there. It’s been great, meeting with like-minded peers who just by their presence and work ethic have given me so much encouragement.
That being said, I have some good news: Outcast is coming back!
Yes, you read that right. Chapter 21 was done some time ago, and I just recently finished Chapter 22. Chapter 23 – the FINAL chapter – is already half done, and I owe it to four folks who gave me the kick in the ass I needed to get back to work.
For those of you who’ve stuck by this with me for this long, I thank you. It’s relieving to know that I won’t be coming back to this starting at zero again.
And to Tarl and Carrie (you know who you are), thanks for pestering me, putting me on the spot, and reminding me how much fun this whole thing is.