New Release: Bad Dreams

MEMORIES CAN BE DECEIVING

It’s the end of a long shift and all he wants is to get home and spend the last of the day with his family. But things are not what they seem. The reality of the situation his him hard. He fights against it with a burning passion because accepting it, means losing everything that he loves in the world.

New Release: Fatter

EAT TO LIVE AND LIVE TO EAT

Tanya is so fat that she might die. After a near miss she vows to lose weight. She does everything the nurses tell her to do, eats right and gets exercise. Even her husband is trying to help her. But nothing seems to work. Can she work out why she keeps gaining weight? And will she be able to accept the truth when she sees it? If she can’t then she will end up eating herself to death… or worse.

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New Release: Water

HER PAST IS THEIR FUTURE

The world ended and Louise survived. All she wants is a nice quiet apocalypse, but she makes the terrible mistake of running out of water. She finds a farm where she will be able to get what she needs, but the men who control it don’t want to help. Not only that, but they are holding a group of women prisoners. Louise tries to put the struggle of the women to one side and focus on her own problems, but when one of the women asks for her help, she is forced to confront her own past. If she can’t save the women then she knows exactly what will happen to them, and she doesn’t want to happen to anyone else.

New Release: Miracle Cure

THEY WON’T EVEN LET HER DIE

Spencer and Alanah are neo-luddites who have as little to do with technology as possible. But when Alanah is in an accident her wealthy family aren’t willing to let her die the way that Spencer knows she would want. The only person who can keep her from a fate worse than death is him, but does he have what it takes to say goodbye to his wife forever?

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Busy

This is a brief update on where I am right now and why I missed a few days posting last week.

It has been a crazy few days (6 in fact) and I am just starting to put myself back together again. I haven’t written anything here, or elsewhere, since Tuesday and that feels strange. I am itching to get back to my projects in progress, at least one of which will hopefully be done very soon.

We have been at the new house every day; sanding, painting, chiseling holes in the wall to fit plug sockets. It’s going well, but it is taking a lot of time. I’m sure it will be worth it when it’s done, but sometimes it’s difficult to remember than when you’re in the middle of things.

While I haven’t been writing, I have been thinking of ideas for new stories and some of them I’m very excited about.

Hopefully, towards the end of this month, we will get the house finished and move in. Then I can move back into something approaching a regular schedule and produce at a better rate than I have been.

Closure

Every now and then a wonderful thing happens. I’m not sure whether it is purely coincidence or if there’s some kind of cosmic law involved, but when it comes around the feeling is incredible.

Yesterday I finished reading a book (The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss) and this morning I finished the first draft of a new short story. In addition to that, I completed a load of work tasks that had been hanging over my head for weeks. There was, one brief moment, where I had no pressing need to do anything. All of the boxes were closed, everything was done.

Although it would be relatively easy to build a life without books to read, or stories to write, I wouldn’t like it. This is a light and dark thing, you can’t really appreciate one without having the other to contrast it with, and anyway, who is to say which one is more enjoyable.

It’s a good feeling nonetheless, and whenever it comes around I make the effort to appreciate it.

Earning Success

I had an interesting chat with my wife last night while we were waiting for dinner to cook. She told me that she thought I was going to make it as a writer because I am always persevering. Which is a nice enough thing to say, but it got me thinking.

Turns out that earlier in the day she had been listening to a program on the radio where the guest said that perseverance was more important to success than talent, and that if you persevered then you would succeed at whatever you were working on.

I fully agree with the first statement; hard work is more important than talent. I’m just not so sure about the second statement.

It seems to me a lot like the logic that wealthy people use to justify their own positions and the inequality in society. That they are wealthy because they have worked harder, they deserve it and people who are poor deserve what they have.

Which doesn’t really make sense. Are we really expected to believe that a CEO works harder than a deep-sea fisherman?

It’s an easy thing to believe because we hear it all the time. The trouble is, the people who tend to be invited on radio shows are people who have persevered AND succeeded. There isn’t a lot of attention given to artists who have spent their whole lives working hard to achieve something and then just not. It’s survivorship bias.

I am prepared to accept that the people who succeed tend to have perseverance, but I don’t accept that all people who have perseverance succeed. Believing that takes away from the massively important element of luck.

Which isn’t to say that people should stop trying. I certainly have no intention of packing up my pens and quitting. Maybe I will never have that lucky break. I accept that. But I know that if I stop trying then, if that lucky break ever does come along, I won’t be in a position to take advantage of it.

What’s Old is New Again

A few weeks ago I finally cancelled my Facebook account and I haven’t had a personal Twitter account for more than a year. Social media in that sense isn’t anything that I want to be involved in.

Although I hadn’t been using Facebook, cancelling it got me thinking about how we used to operate online before it existed and I remembered RSS.

If you’re not aware of it, RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. Basically, it’s a way to get the contents of a blog sent to you when it’s updated. You need a feed reader (I am currently testing out Feedbin but there are plenty of others just a search away) and then you just tell it which websites you want to follow. So you don’t have to visit them to see if there is new content.

I stopped using RSS years ago because I was obsessively checking for updates. I had an app on my phone and it was easy to constantly refresh it throughout the day. Which isn’t really how it should be used. This time I will not add any kind of app on my phone. I will also block access to the site on my computer (which I’ll write more about another time) outside certain hours, so it won’t impact my work.

What I hope it will do, is kill that urge to waste time online and also help me to stop feeling as if I am missing out.

RSS is an old technology, but like CDs and like paper notebooks, maybe the old things are better things.


P.S. if you’re interested, the RSS feed for this site is http://jloscombe.com/feed/