Sorry, I know some have been waiting on my rebuttal to some of the criticisms my novel received from Ben at IndieReader.Com, but I’ve actually been kind of busy doing actual writer-like stuff — that is to say, writing. Not to brag, but I have actually written five complete novels so far (to include, of course, Suburban Vampire), only one of which has been published at this time. And now I have broken ground on a project I’ve been wanting to pursue for some time — at least since completing my first novel. Not that I’ve been avoiding responding to criticism… okay, maybe I’ve been avoiding responding to criticism. Whatever. I’d prefer to spend my time creating and expanding my artistic horizons. That’s my excuse… but is it a bad excuse? All too often, we allow the negatives to grind us down. I allowed that to happen for far too long, which is why it took me so long to write something book-length. I don’t want to do that again. You’re going to get criticism in life, some of it will be meant in a helpful light, some of it not so helpful. The point is not to let it grind you down. Learn from it what you can and ignore the rest. I know I’m going to get guff from people who either don’t like or don’t understand what I’m doing. That’s fine. I am not writing for them. I’m writing for the other guys (and gals). The folks who like a good story well-told. Folks who have a sense of humor and enjoy a good time. I’m writing for the folks who do get it — and there are a lot of you out there. And I have faith that you will outnumber the naysayers.
Anyway, that’s my rant for today. As always, stay tuned for more updates — for instance, I have to update you all about my projects. Which I will do… in a future post.