My diary is a compilation of my muses, rants and everyday snippets of my journey to writing full time.
Diary entry 27/12/2020
This will be my last entry to the diary for year 2020.
2020 has come to an end in the blink of an eye. I’m glad it’s over. It’s been a particularly horrid year but we made it through. No matter how tough 2020 may be in the history books, we’re coming to an end.
Enough has been said about covid19, about the economy, the uncertain future. You don’t need to read anymore of those from this site.
I want to thank all who have read my work, regardless of paid subscription or my free to read stories.
Thank you for walking beside me as i embark on my little adventure.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you guys.
I’ve made it a point since i started to set aside a portion of the site takings to do this on behalf of all of you who have contributed to the kitty.
It’s the 1st time we hit a 4 figure donation in a single year. The donation is not from me, it’s from all of you who have bought or subscribed.
No tax exemption has been claimed for the donation, and the account James S does not have any personal details.
Here’s to a better 2021 for everyone.
Diary entry 19/12/2020
Between July to End Nov, i have worked on and released 24 pieces of short works. This excludes longer pieces like Magic. This is more than the number of stories i released in the entire 2019. When i first planned for a new work every Friday, i was afraid i will be biting off more than i can chew.
After all, i know myself best. As much as i want to write, there will be days and periods when i would just stare at a blank screen and day dream. In the end, i still went ahead with it because i know i need to get out of my comfort zone.
5 months in, i have a series of works lined up for the next 10 weeks at least with about a dozen more in my working folder.
There will be more non-erotic works releases in 2021. I have drafts written for works of different genre, from comedy to horror.
With more subscribers coming on board, it is more important than ever to maintain the weekly release. I’m not looking to flood the site with short stories, i’m pushing for consistency in updates.
2020 is a turbulent year for many and it flew by in the blink of an eye.
History will remember 2020 as the year of the Pandemic caused by Covid 19.
I will remember 2020 as the year i work seriously towards my dream of writing full time.
I casually mentioned to a few friends during recent gatherings that i would like to perhaps switch line and just blog or write for a living just to see their reaction. Everyone thinks i’m crazy. To give up on the experience you accumulated over so many years in the industry and just go do something totally new, they are not wrong to think i’m mad.
Especially for someone with wife, kids and a mortgage.
My friends meant well, i know that. They are doing well in their respective careers climbing the corporate ladder.
I don’t want to climb a ladder, i am climbing a mountain..
I’ll end this entry with a famous quote ;
“If people are not laughing at your dreams, it is not big enough”
Stay safe all.
Diary entry 5/10/2020
I’m a about a month into life as a self employed worker. Things are going ok for me so far.
The business i started with my partner last year is making a small profit probably because we are not drawing a salary.
Despite the difficult economy, the company is still getting small jobs here and there. We can’t afford to be choosy even though there are a couple of clients i would prefer not to work with.
All’s good on the finance side.
I have enough savings to last me for 6 months without drawing a pay while keeping up with my commitments. I am confident i can make it last 9 to 10 months at the very least. There are no plans for ‘what ifs’. I did not plan on a ‘ what if’
I just have to make it work.
I’m splitting my time 70 /30 between running the startup and writing.
This is why i am generating more work compared to before.
Subscribers to the new premium content format is looking not too bad for now. Hopefully it will get better as more work is added.
Word count ratio of Non-erotic work to erotic work is currently about 50 : 50 since June. Each ‘Magic’ update has between 3500 to 4700 words. This sort of balances out some of the other erotic content that i am writing.
I think this is a comfortable ratio to work with. Who knows, maybe one day the amount of non-erotic content might grow bigger than the erotic ones. I have so many drafts on different plots written out and i am struggling to find time to develop them futher.
You might have noticed a increased of works written from the female perspective. Some of you are asking me if i have managed to get a female writer on board to edit it. No comments for now :p
Since i received notice that my company will be winding down in June 2019, i have been preparing for this.
Starting from July 2019, i have gotten my TDVL, i attended a few courses, i have both a food delivery account and a logistic delivery account.
Yes i have tried all of them for experience and to get a feel of what is it like.
It’s tough work.
Sending food, parcels and running around under the sun is physically and mentally demanding.
I have stopped doing it already and i will be using some of my experiences and encounter for future works. I took on some freelance work for old clients and contacts too to keep the relationship going.
To sum it up, i am kind of enjoying the freedom at the moment.
I get to spend more time with the family. Sure, i may not be making as much as before but hey, there’s food on the table, a roof over my head, family is healthy and happy, i have more time to write and explore different genre of works. What more can i ask for ?
I know where i’m headed and my sights are firmly set on the finish line.
I will get there.
Stay safe all.