It’s been quiet on this blog for the last few days, and a large part of why is that I’ve been writing. Well, rewriting. In 2017 I completed a first draft of a novel which reached about 140,000 words, and I’ve slowly and haphazardly been refining it ever since. In an ideal world it would not take another five years before it reaches a state I deem releasable, but we’ll see… 🙈

One thing I do find kind of difficult is just how solitary writing can be. Even when I feel satisfied that I’ve achieved a lot in a day’s work, it’s hard to explain that to anyone, because they’re not immersed in my story the way I am and they don’t get what I’d be talking about. In a way, it kind of sucks that the expectation with writing generally is that you keep it to yourself through the development process until finally letting it go, fully-formed, like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon. Compare that to, say, hobbyist programming, where it’s way more common to release very rudimentary alpha software and develop out in the open. Obviously, a novel is not a piece of FOSS software, and you can’t expect end users or readers to experience them similarly. Still, the lack of public milestones or acknowledgement makes it hard not to feel like I’m just treading water 🙂 One day I’ll have something I can feel proud of…