When Life Gets You Down

Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been around very much. Sure, posts have been going up, but the vlogs stopped and I’m just talking about stuff that I finished writing months ago. I all but vanished off of social media and I haven’t really done much since that one NetGalley run a few months ago. So what the heck happened?

Short answer: I burned out.

I managed to put out 13 books since October 2013 and that pace finally caught up to me. I was rewriting Changing Tides and I just shut down writing-wise. I couldn’t keep going and my mind and body1 were telling me that I needed to take a break, so I took one. It also told me that I really needed to reassess my pace so that I could keep this from happening again.

This year, I need to take it easy. Next year I’m probably not going to go back to the four books a year schedule either.2 Chances are it will go down to three or two a year, though I’ll try to focus a bit more on getting the games into beta. It’s unfortunate, but I’m glad to at the very least to be ready to do some work on the writing again. Even if it’s not necessarily publishing right at this moment.

I’m going to put Changing Tides on the back burner for now and focus my attention on a few other things. I’ll still get the next Looking Glass Saga book out in October, but I don’t see myself getting any other books out for this year. Instead, I’m going to focus on something just a touch more relaxing in an attempt to get myself back in good order at least for November and drafts season.3 And I’m probably going to still try to get those White Noise sequels written. Because, taking it easy or not, this is still me.

So that’s the new plan. Hopefully there won’t be any more burning out and you’ll be hearing from me a lot more in the coming months!

  1. I was also adjusting to a new job and having a few medical issues I won’t go into []
  2. Especially not with the new job. It’s just not going to work. []
  3. And next year, because I have a few things I want to do next year. []

Book Chosen, Thinking About Next Year

Thank you everyone for voting on the novel poll! The winner for 2015 is:

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I’ve done a daily excerpt in the past, though I don’t know if I’ll continue that tradition this year. Let me know if you want it, though I’ll probably post a couple during the month regardless. There’s usually some ridiculousness during the month that will end up cut which I like to share before it’s gone forever.

In the mean time, I’m starting to think about what I’m going to do for next year before the madness of the month settles in. I know a few things that I’ll be doing next year, including finishing off the Tales from the Twisted Eden series, another book for the Looking Glass Saga, and probably rewriting a previous novel and getting that one out. Other than that, though, I’m not sure.

So I’ll turn that over to you. You can decide what’s important from my list while I work on plotting for November. What books and projects would you like me to do next year?

What stories do you want from 2016?

  • New Series (100%, 1 Votes)
  • Changing Tides (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Cloned Evil (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Looking Glass Saga (0%, 0 Votes)
  • White Noise Sequel (0%, 0 Votes)
  • CYOA Games (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 1

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Of Pseudonyms and a Sudden Influx of Titles

There once was a man named Lyle S Tanner. In April of 2012, he put out his first short story and started really working on his series, Tales from the Twisted Eden Sector. It is a short story series that he put a lot of time and effort into, putting out books twice a year and hoping to finish the series in April of 2016 with a total of six collections and a tie-in novella.

If you read the title of this blog post, you’ll see where I’m going with this.

Back when I was first deciding how to go about the publishing thing and decided to try self publishing, I was worried about what would happen if I did actually do it and how I would do it. I researched and tried to make sure I knew as much as I could before I started.

There were a lot of articles at the time about people losing their day jobs for writing racy fiction. More talked about how JK Rowling and others changed their names to be less feminine so that they didn’t get put in a female writers corner and could appeal more broadly in genres that alienated them.

I made the decision to use a pseudonym because of all of it and started putting out books under Lyle S Tanner, both to protect myself from any repercussions from my day job, and to avoid getting put into the romance category because of my name.1 And for a while, things were pretty good.

One of these days, I’ll go through everything I learned as Lyle. I had the freedom under that name to make a lot of mistakes and try out different tactics and strategies, seeing what worked and what didn’t. I used Twitter and Facebook and tried to make him as real as I was.

Unfortunately, now that I’m publishing under my own name, those efforts have tapered off into pretty much nothing. Maintaining him as a separate entity has gotten exhausting and I just haven’t been able to do it. While I have plenty of energy to work on the next book2 I just can’t seem to keep up with the other elements of the identity.

And so, that’s why you’re going to start seeing an influx of new books. I’ll be slowly moving the books over to my own name over the next little while3 and I’ll be talking about them as well here and there. It’s a bit of a strange series, but I love writing it and I do hope you’ll check it out.4

As for Lyle, he’ll fade away. It’s been an interesting run,5 but this is the end of his story. Time to continue on with my own.

  1. I don’t really do romance. It’s in there, but very rarely a focal point. []
  2. Evidence, out at the end of August! []
  3. Just need to get the covers updated []
  4. If it’s your thing. I’m not kidding about it being strange. []
  5. Hoo boy, has it been interesting []

Trying out Patreon

I know a lot of people doing the Patreon thing lately and it just got too tempting to go without at least giving it a shot. It seems like just the motivation I’ll need to get everything moving and finished at last instead of just staring at these projects and leaving them in various states of almost completion.

So explaining things.

What is Patreon and why am I using it?

Patreon is a site for folks like me who make creative projects and the fans who want to support those creative projects. It’s a bit like Kickstarter, except that it’s ongoing. You’d donate per book once it comes out and still get access to whatever bonus content that I put up. You’d also get rewards based on donation amount, much like Kickstarter.

I plan to use it to fund novels that I’ve written and really need to get on editing. The promise that there will be people who want to read them when they’re done is enough to get me focused on finishing existing ones instead of starting yet another new one. Not only that, but the tiers would give people a chance to have a little control over what’s to come – whether that’s which book I work on next or the names of a couple characters.

After trying out Jukepop Serials, I’ve pretty much decided that I like serialized fiction but want to do a true serial instead of just a novel released slowly. One of the projects listed on there is a serial where I’d release each episode free and collect the book once it’s done.

Then there’s the book I’m actually releasing on Jukepop and the whole series that comes after Return to Wonderland. And all the novels I’ve written for Nanowrimo that I need to edit. And the novels that I have plans to write but haven’t actually gotten around to writing yet.

If you want to give me a hand with all of this be sure to check me out on Patreon.

I;m going to leave the page up for a week to see if I get any patrons. If anyone ends up being interested, I’ll keep going with it. I kind of hope it works out, though. It seems like it would be a fun way to get all these books written.

Where I’ve Been

Just a quick update about where I’ve been the past few months. Plans change and I’ve been adapting as best I can, but I’ll be back and vlogging more regularly. Hopefully there will be some text stuff as well, so stay tuned!