Good day to you readers and fellow bloggers. To begin this post I would like to apologise for the delay in proceedings and thank you for your patience.
The break was a good idea. I had become disillusioned with writing for the blog (not writing in general: never writing in general) as I was trying to juggle too much at once. There had to come a time where I dropped a metaphorical ball and I duly did. I can hold my hands up and say that my work was becoming sloppy as I concentrated more on timeframes than quality of work. That’s a mistake I shan’t be making again.
So what’s to come now I’m back?
In a simple statement, the answer to that question is ‘better quality less frequently’. Even simpler, ‘less is more’. I’ll be putting more focus into what I’m writing rather than when it’s going to be posted.
In terms of what’s to come from a content point of view you can pretty much expect the same: a bit of everything. I have a few ideas for fiction stories; flash, short and novelette. I always have things to rant about so expect more of that. I’ll be sifting through some mental cache to bring you more real life stories from my promiscuous and mostly drunk youth. My journal style Living the Dream series will continue. Despite it being one of the less read series’ on my blog I feel it’s the most important of them all from a personal growth perspective. Of course, I’ll be dreaming up more top fives of various types for your entertainment also.
What have I been doing on my break?
Technically speaking I haven’t done much work on my writing at all aside from a bit of editing here and there on my WIP, Revenge on the Spanish Main, and the second instalment in that series, The Golden Age. I was advised that leaving alone the writing of blog based work would be a bad idea. I dispute that claim because I’m raring to go now. The bit is back between my teeth. It also helps that I’ve never viewed writing as a passing fancy so I was always going to return from this hiatus. Quitting hadn’t once crossed my mind.
As I say, technically I haven’t worked much on my writing, although I have been working notoriously hard on it from an educative stance. I’ve been brushing up and restudying grammar over the weeks and I honestly feel much more enlightened for it. I still can’t imagine I’ll be grammatically infallible as old habits die hard. That said, I will definitely be aware of the more glaring errors. I can also say that I sort of know what my nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns and so on are. Hooray! I won’t say any more as grammar will be a subject of an upcoming post.
I’m happy to say that I’ve really rediscovered my passion for music during my time away too. I was so consumed by my writing that music took a backseat in a big way. I’ve managed to throw together three mix sessions for Mixcloud whilst on this break as well as downloading a tonne of music to go with the near three-thousand that already live in my Windows Media Player. If writing is my happy place then music is my happy holiday home. There’s definitely more music related posts to come which I’m sure will thrill most of you!
I look forward to catching up with those of you whose work particularly impresses me and, it goes without saying, my blog friends. I had aimed to catch up with some reading of posts whilst away. I’m sure you’ll have noticed that I didn’t quite get around to that for which I offer further apologies. I won’t deceive you by saying I’ll definitely get around to catching up soon because the likelihood is that I simply won’t be able to. I will browse though and have a read of those whose title drags me in when I get the chance.
My goals as regards this blog have shifted somewhat while I’ve had chance to put it in perspective. I’ve placed too much emphasis on the number of followers I have and likes my posts receive. That will stop. If I think too much about that then I’ll write my posts with growth in mind as opposed to writing what’s really on my mind. I’d like to think my barefaced honesty will attract its own following anyway. If not, well that’s just too bad. Paul.E.Bailey’s World is and always has been a supplement to my true writing goal of publication. It will always be the less attractive brother of the two.
Despite that I am looking forward to getting right back into the swing of things and sharing this part of my journey with you all. Without further ado, let’s haul anchor, loose the mainsails and catch that breeze…