Progress update and a request

Today I’ve finally got around to doing some writing.  You know what?  The whole challenge thing was a good idea.  I mean, admittedly, I’ve only done 346 words today, but I feel relaxed about it and the words are actually coming.

More to the point, I’ve already used two out of the three words that I set out to use.  Not that it was a very difficult set, mind, but it’s nice to actually get somewhere with it!

What I’m working on today is an update for No Way Home, Part 2.  I’d say that about 600 words or less should wrap it up, in which case I may well get finished with it tonight!

Um, so the not so great news is that I signed off this week with depression.  It’s nothing to get too worried about, but the tiredness and lack of motivation I’ve been experiencing lately seem to indicate that my anti-depressants aren’t effective any more at the current dose.  It isn’t an unusual thing with SSRIs.

I called the surgery and the doctor agreed that I should go up an increment, and I’ll be going in for an appointment in three weeks to discuss how my treatment is going.  I could do with more support, to be honest.  And you know, it doesn’t have to be from a mental health professional.

What I mean is, like many writers, I do sort of thrive on feedback.  But persuading readers to stop by and let me know what they think is sort of difficult when I have incomplete stories and not a whole lot of progress going on.

Still, I’ve decided that I would rather bug a lot of people to come and check out my unfinished stuff, than sit back and wait for them to come to me.

Don’t get me wrong, I do think that I need to write for me, rather than being  dependent on the audience.  But equally, if I don’t engage with the readers a little bit, then I’m writing only for me, and that’s not really what I want.

So, if you find a DM in your inbox asking you to come read one of my stories and tell me what you think, this would be why.  If you don’t, well then maybe you could come and read them anyway. 🙂