Hey there. It’s been a while. Sorry to be so quiet! A lot’s been going on, but nothing particularly worth posting about. Or at least, that’s how I felt at the time.
For starters, I got a job. Nothing exciting, just IT work, but its kept me busy. I really needed work, because I need money like nobody’s business right now. Not because of any disaster, though. Actually, quite the opposite!
I have officially set a date for my reassignment surgery now, in September. That’s September this year, which is a lot sooner than I imagined any of this happening, but it’s possible, so I’m going for it. There are a few steps left to confirm everything, like a second opinion from another psychiatrist, and a final round of approval from the surgeon and both my existing psychiatrist and the one who provides the second opinion. It’s unlikely there’ll be any problems there, though.
The other concern is raising the money in time, but it definitely doesn’t seem impossible. That said, if you want to contribute, now’s the time.
I’ve been working on a few projects lately, too. I went through a bit of a slump where I didn’t feel like writing anything, but I’ve come out the other side of that now, so let me tell you a little about what I’ve been working on.
I’m re-writing Morning Star. The longer I left it sitting up online, the less comfortable I felt with it. It was only ever a silly side project, but it’s also the only novel I’ve made publicly available and that isn’t the story I want representing me. Even so, I have a strong connection to those characters and elements of that story, and I really wanted to give myself a chance to turn it into something I could be proud of.
I’m working on a lesbian romance novel, which is kind of a new genre for me. The romance part, not the lesbian part. It’s only in the planning stages right now, but I really feel strongly about what I can do with it.
I’ve re-written No Longer Human (and even given it a new name, but it’s a secret for now) about a dozen times now. I’m not even exaggerating. The version number is in the double digits. I keep changing my mind about what I want that story to be, where I want it to focus, how I want the story to be told. I have a more solid idea now, but who knows how long it’ll last?
I’ve been writing a lot of short stories to stretch my muscles writing romance, since it’s not something I’m particularly experienced with, reading or writing. It’s been fun, and I definitely feel like each story I write I learn a little bit more. I’ll start making them available online soon.
Which brings me to my next update: Patreon. I’ve set up a Patreon page, which allows people to sign up as “patrons” of my work, pledging a small amount of money per item that I create (in my case, stories, but it works for most creative mediums). Whenever I put something out, everyone who pledged is charged their pledge amount, and they’re notified I made something new. So basically, if you want to throw me a dollar or two for the stories I write, that’s where to do it, and I’d be very grateful to you if you did.
Connected to that, I’ve decided I need a better way to share my stories with people. So I built a website where you can read a bunch of my stories for free. Yes, free. Right now it’s just all of the stories from the Almost Incidental collection (which is still available if you want to support me). I’m also going to put all my Patreon stories up there. Which means you don’t have to pay to see the stuff that I write. Becoming a patron is just a way of supporting me, not purchasing stories from me.
So, yeah. That’s a whole bunch of stuff. Did you seriously read all that? Thanks! Also, you might have too much time on your hands.
I’m just saying.