Lithicbee Unchained?

Posted: June 14, 2012 in Writing
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Before I begin, let me say that this post is about my goals, my writing, and this blog. I’m not sure anyone really cares about that (and that’s cool), so this might just be me standing at the edge of a cliff yelling into empty space, but the scenery is pretty, so I don’t mind. On the off chance, though, you have noticed that I am not posting as frequently lately, or I am posting more frequently but on different subjects, here’s the explanation:

I began this blog with a goal of forcing myself to write again on a regular basis and, hey, it worked! I had no idea what I was going to write about at first, but through fits and starts I discovered some topics that I was interested in and that at least some other people seemed to be searching for as well, like e-books, writing ideas, and webcomics. To meet my goal of three posts a week, I added one post per week of my own writing, basically throwing myself into a story feet-first and treading for dear life. I am actually most proud of that, my weekly serial, The Only City Left. It is a rough first draft, yes, but for all that, I’m enjoying it and I know at least a few other people have found it and are following it (thank you to those people, you rock!).

I also started some “themed” days, like Webcomics Wednesday and Fiction Friday, to help me out by taking the guesswork out of what to write about. That worked well for a while, but now I am feeling a bit trapped by it. When I have to decide on spending my free time creating my own works or reading a 400-page webcomic so I can review it in time for Wednesday’s post, that is not a good thing. It’s a trap of my own invention and, given that this is only a blog read by a handful of (wonderful) readers, one that I do not need to remain in.

So, I’m still going to talk about webcomics I like, short stories that impressed or moved me, comics, movies, e-books, and all that jazz, because 1) it is fun to share the media I am enjoying, and 2) it is still good to force myself to write on a regular basis. But: I am not going to force myself to adhere to a rigid schedule if doing so is holding me back from my other endeavors.

Anyway, maybe this post is nothing more than a look into a writer’s neurotic mind (behold, and tremble!), but I wanted to put it out there for those who do follow the blog. I’m not going away, but the blog is evolving as my goals evolve. Please pardon my dust during the (de)construction.

Up Next on Lithicbee:

Friday: The Only City Left: The Story So Far. For those of you who might not have read my serial SF/F adventure yet, a synopsis to bring you up to speed so you can leap from your horse of not-reading to the moving train of The Only City Left without serious injury. (No, I could not write that without laughing.)

Sunday: The Only City Left Part 18. The flashback is (mostly) over and now you know how Allin’s parents died. (For my new readers, don’t worry, this is not a spoiler: you pretty much know this happened from Part One.) So what’s next? How about some info on the man who sent the assassins after Mom and Dad Arcady in the first place?


Photo credits: Cliff View by dans le grand bleu on Flickr.

  1. BD says:

    Yeah, I won’t mind less webcomics – I found several I enjoy through your posts, but I can only read so many at once 😉 you can still recommend one, if you find something worthwhile.

    About TOCL: I really enjoy your story, keep it up! I am curious how it will go on.

    Also: I am immune to flattery. And I never lie.

    • lithicbee says:

      BD, I am kind of floored that someone read this AND commented AND appears to be reading my blog on a regular basis. Thanks for that and for the kind words about TOCL!

  2. Jande says:

    Andy, I have no idea how I missed this! But I read it just now and I think you’re doing what’s best for your own creative process. You’ve introduced me to a couple more lf webcomics, too. Good quality and good stories. So thank you!

    Did you switch TOCL from Sunday to Friday, too?

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