A Hiatus

I had really no intention of disappearing from wordpress and writing blogs for so long. I’m sorry for this unplanned hiatus.

I have still been writing, working through projects slowly. I’m still editing the three part manuscript which is over 800 pages long. It’s taking a lot longer than the rough draft, and I imagine that once I get to the actual re-working, that will take just as long. But it is coming along. Just slowly.

I started working on another story that came to me as a scene. A scene of two people on a beach. I decided to go with that, slowly building this world around the two people, and why they found themselves on that beach. It branched out into some complicated, needs explaining scenes, but it’s coming together. More recently, I was able to find a way to provide more depth to the story and the world that these characters live in, and expand more on that, and provide more substance to the story. That was a good day. I think there’s enough to write that’s left for NaNoWriMo this year, so this story will be my main project for the month of November.

On another note entirely, I have been spending some of my free time playing video games. A friend of mine created a blog detailing adventures through the point of view of one of his characters. It’s been entertaining to read. We’ve been discussing writing styles, writing issues, and ways to do things like world build. We’ve been helping each other out a lot with those more technical areas of writing.

But back to the video game. I’ve been really enjoying it. More than I did before. I think I went through a phase where I loved it too much, then distanced myself from it, then slowly came back to love it again. The people I play with have been making things easier for me in life, and I think it’s important to have those people (outside of your family) to help you out. They became like a second family.

I remember reading an article about a boy who had passed away because of an illness he had. He died, and at his funeral, a number of people, around his age, showed up to say goodbye. His parents had no idea who these people were, so they spoke with them. The parents found out that these people were from the online game their son had played, and they talked about their son in such a positive way, that the parents realized how much the game, and the people their son play with, meant to him.

While the internet might be full of hate speech, social justice warriors, outrage addicts, and so much more, there is good hidden in the depths. It allows us to connect and meet new people who can become as close to us as people we’ve known our entire lives in person. There is good as well as bad with every invention, it’s inevitable.

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a good first week of September. Hopefully, I can get on top of my writing and posting a bit better. I keep saying that and failing at the posting part. I really am sorry, life can be inevitably consuming at times.


About rachelsparling

I'm a writer working on a manuscript for a novel. I love to write and I've been doing it for 17 years. Through several story ideas I have figured out what works and what doesn't, and I've learned a lot about myself and my writing style. I love to read and escape to many different worlds. I've also learned a lot about good writing and bad writing through both reading a lot and acquiring an education in English literature, and becoming an ESL teacher. I enjoy filming and photographing all sorts of things and putting together short documentaries and videos. I love my camera.
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