I haven’t posted here in a while, mainly because I have two other blogs (https://jvanstry.blogspot.com/ and https://stryvant.blogspot.com/) where I post more often, and of course the ever ‘wonderful’ facebook, where you pretty much have to have a presence if you’re an author these days.
Overall, the last year has treated me well, sales are way up, and my work is being well received by the people who are willing to give me money so I’ll keep at it. I doubt that the ‘literarti’ would have any kind words at all for my work, but then those people couldn’t tell a good story if they wanted to.
I’ve got a new hobby, seeing as the old one became my job, building bass guitars. I’ll see if I can’t add some pictures below. I’m also moving to Texas here, soon, because California has just become too insane to live in. The state is passing laws with nary a concern about individual rights, constitutional limits, the future, or common sense. When California crashes, it’s going to be spectacular, and I do not want to be here to see it.
Getting back to the writing, it’s been going very well, but I realize I need to work harder at it. To some folks a book a month may seem to be a lot, but then I look at some of the other authors that I know, and I see that they’re out-pacing me on that, and I honestly want to do that as well. There are a lot of folks out there who like what I write and I honestly want to keep them happy. They are after all, the reason why I do this, and the fact that they are willing to give me their hard earned money so that I can focus fully on writing makes me want to work harder to offer them more.
Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard in my life, (well, maybe in the military). But the rewards have been worth it. I’m getting to tell so many of the stories I’ve always wanted to tell, and you all not only enjoy them, you want me to write more of them.
It’s been a great year.
On the basses below. The first is a headless (so no, the head wasn’t cut off it ends there). I built it because I wanted something to take on airplanes that wasn’t huge. Took maybe three weeks to build.
The second is a Warmoth P-Bass. It took over a month to build (there were some complications) but it sounds fantastic and I’ve been playing it a lot lately. It’s also incredibly heavy, weighing in at about ten pounds. The body alone is over five, before it was finished and loaded up with stuff. The third pic is of the P-Bass with strings and stickers.
(I also go gold mining in the mountains on the weekends, one of the few things I’ll miss about California after we move. Maybe I’ll put some pictures up about that eventually).