I have a wonderful tee shirt with ‘Maui Rules’ on the back. They are gems of insight from the beautiful island of Maui in Hawaii. Of course, whilst there is a lot of merit in ‘Speak softly and wear a loud shirt’, my personal favourite is ‘No rain No rainbows’.
Life is always full of ups and downs and as a writer it can be frustrating when they get in the way of being able to put pen to paper. However, without the life experiences our writing would be shallow and our characters would be unrealistic.
I’ve had to take stock and consider what I can do in the available 24 hours and what I can’t do. I’ve also had to think about what matters most. The answer to that second point isn’t always the same as what would I like to do with my time. I can choose to be frustrated about that, or I can choose to embrace it and make the most of what it offers. No rain No rainbows.
I had to reach the very difficult decision that to make enough time for my own writing I would have to stop running the short story download site I set up some six years ago. I’m still a publisher, but will through Alfie Dog Fiction, focus on the book side of the business rather than the individual downloads. It was a hard decision as I believe in short stories. I think they are an important part of the fiction world. However, time does not allow me to do everything.
I’m still working with around 80 authors around the world and will be able to spend a little more time promoting their work. I will miss the many I no longer work with. The talent they represent has been incredible to be part of. I’ve met such interesting people through short stories over the last six years and will stay in touch with a good number of them.
I’m still publishing new titles for some of our authors, but I will now be able to carve out enough time to move my own writing forward again. at a pace I’m happy with. That is my rainbow and I will enjoy every one of its glorious colours.