Current State of the Kabobble

Where are we at?

Honestly, we’re not sure we know.

Back home now from vacation, working to take steps to increase production and distribution of the books. We have another one off in the proofing process, and more waiting in the wings, though that will take time.

For people who have been looking for a print version of past releases, it should be exciting to note that those are among the priority projects we’re working on these days (one of them is the proof I mentioned before) and they will be available as soon as they’re ready.

Some need more work than others, including some cover revisions, which are either started, completed, or yet to be agreed upon, but we are working toward fixing them all.

Other things that we want to do, as I may have mentioned before, include improving the website with a whole new look, the release of serials in both formats, updates to some current epubs, and new serial publication. Things are still settling down after the trip, so time will be needed, but progress is being made and we are doing all we can to get things back on track after the long absence.

And We’re Back

We cannot deny that we have been absent, nor can we say that it was always with good reason. Many things factored into a silence from us that has only now been able to be broken.

It is our hope that things will be more stable in the future and no long absences will occur again, but due to the unforeseen nature of life, we make no guarantees.

Still, now that we are back, things are in the works. One book has gotten to a printed proof, and once the formatting is perfected on it, it will be released both in print and as an ebook. This story was a serial on the site, though it now has an updated cover and a new title.

Past visitors may recall seeing us giving updates about the site being in testing and a new design. That is still coming, though it was delayed, and hopefully we will have that soon.

Also, we do plan on returning to posting serial fiction again. The last few slated serials were incomplete at the time of posting, and that did create some problems, leading to one never materializing and another being pulled. The next serial should be a completed work, but it’s not quite ready to go up yet.

The Facebook page has been resurrected again, and it should stay up this time, though with Facebook, it’s hard to be sure as they threatened to pull it due to activity mere hours after we posted to say it was back online.

Things are in the works, and while we do not have confirmed release dates yet, there will be new things to enjoy soon. Thank you for your patience, and we hope you enjoy your reading.

Writing Is Grieving

Writing has long been my preferred coping mechanism. People who wonder at my output shouldn’t necessarily do so. I have a long standing habit of using writing to cope with life or escape it, and while I’m told it’s not really normal to write when one is grieving, that it should be impossible, I’m not that way.

I’ve been writing. I need to try and write again. I won’t speak to the quality of it, and I’m not sure I’d share it, yet I find myself needing to do something to that effect. That is… I’ve lost my way again, and I don’t know how to keep the writing going.

Arthur is gone. That hurts so much I swear I would just shut down and cease to function myself (he was my symbiote, my other half, I am NOT okay with him gone) and the only way I know of coping with this sort of emotional duress is writing.

I may need help with that, though. My ideal thing would be to send fic bits to someone and have them tell me what they thought, but even just having some direction would be okay. Prompts, suggestions, stories someone wants to see more of, anything. Make me finish a challenge or do a bingo card. Something. Maybe I can do it for someone else because doing it just for myself isn’t working.

Arthur would be here, now, snuggling next to me and trying to block my keyboard, trying to make me feel better. He’s not here. I need something else, something that helps fill the gaping hole where he was… or just something to make me forget it’s there for a few minutes.

On Updates and Prompts

So there has been a lot of silence around here and none of the promised things have appeared. I don’t think I can really go into detail about most of that, but I will give a short explanation. We’ve been dealing with some legal issues that mean a temporary suspension of publishing and posting.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I can put new fic up right now. I want to, desperately, but circumstances are preventing that just now.

I will try and do something for the more neutral sides of the website, but no promises there.

If you would like to see more fic, I would love to share it or even just talk about it with someone, though that would have to take place off-site. Let me know, and I will try and get fic to you. Email is my preferred method, but I’d try other ways if someone was interested.

Also, if anyone would like to pass along prompts, I’d be willing to give them a shot. I’d have to send the responses through email most likely, but I welcome the opportunity to write and share that with anyone willing to read it.

Upcoming Things Again

I know I keep saying that there is a new serial coming.

I’m not lying. There is one. I’m just trying to avoid the problems that plagued the last one, and so I’m taking a few steps to keep that from happening. The serial cover has been finished, I’m going back and forth about the title, and I’m halfway through what should be the first chapter. That means I’ll have some updates ready in the wings when I get started posting it.

Also, I’ve decided to enact the first of what I hope may be many Kabobbles Sing Along Album Challenges.

I will be explaining what that means soon, but as I was having a technical issue with the site, this is also a test post to make sure everything is working again. I need to get this looking right, so apologies for any duplicate posts.

Good News, Bad News, and Just News

So I have to apologize. I’ve had a rough few months this winter. I’ve been sick near constantly, for one thing, and it seemed like just as soon as I got better, I got sick again. I’ve had some interesting drama with my other job, and now I can’t say that things are settled or that I am actually cured (I may be getting sick again.) However, I have what I believe should be considered good news:

A new writing project and serial is forthcoming. I’ve been percolating it for a bit, and I’ve dug up some pieces to start making a cover for it with, so that should be up soon.

Bad news: I am shelving Better than Dreams again. Unfortunately, the story still has major issues that I cannot figure out how to fix, so it will sit until I do.

I believe that is it for news, unless someone really wants to know that I have yet another headache and sore throat.

An Update on Having No Updates

I have another overdue apology and explanation due.

I haven’t been able to come up with any updates for the site. That owes to my inability to write. I haven’t been able to do anything for over a month, and not just because I came down with what might have been pneumonia. I was sick for two weeks, but really the issue is continued writer’s block.

I can’t get anywhere with my stories. I had to suspend the Dreams serial a while back, and I can’t find a way to fix the issues with it, again, and that was a huge blow to progress, and I thought maybe I’d find some other way back into fiction, but it’s not working.

I feel like saying it doesn’t matter because no one reads this anyway, but that’s not true. My head would be a better place if I were writing my stories again, but I can’t. I don’t know what would change that, but I wish I did. I want to write, need to write, but I can’t.

I can’t say when I’ll have new updates or if I should just take down the site and everything I’ve written and burn it all in an epic fire. I didn’t want to say anything because I feel like I do too much complaining, especially when writer’s blocked, but if there was someone reading, I owe them an explanation. This is why things stopped, this is where I am, and I don’t know how to fix it or change it.

I am sorry.

Suspending Dreams Again

I found another problem with the story. They just seem to keep mounting up.

I am still hoping that there is some way of resolving these issues, but as it is, I can’t find it, and I am thinking I have to throw the whole thing in the trash.

This, of course, is very depressing and hasn’t helped much in the mood department or in finding a fix, but I figured I’d better say something.

Even Better than Dreams won’t get updates until I can find a solution or make myself throw it all away.

The Tentative Return of a Serial

So, last night in the midst of my grief and insomnia, I somehow found a way to answer the question that had held up the serial I’d started and removed last year, Even Better than Dreams.

I could be wrong in thinking this, since I can’t deny that I am under the influence of a cold and grief, but I may have a way of fixing the major plot hole in the story, the one question I couldn’t answer to my satisfaction or anyone else’s.

I am going to attempt to post the edit as I go along, though I admit… I’ve already gotten quite a bit done there, so it will be a while before it catches up to where I am. I was very impressed with the edits I’d done before when I looked them over, and I think there’s some value in posting them and trying to complete the serial.

This may be a mistake, which is why this is a tentative return. I can’t say I won’t pull it down again, and I can’t promise that I made every flaw in the story go away (sometimes I like the flaws when I shouldn’t) but I am going to try it. At this point, I’m still figuring out what makes things go and what doesn’t, but I think having something to share and post is still a good thing. At least it’s out there to be seen, which is more than a lot of stories get.

So… Today marks the return of Even Better than Dreams.

For now, at least.

Having a No Job Party

It was suggest to me that I put a positive spin on my current employment situation with my other job.

You see, the union went to bat for other people who had hours cut and what naught, and the higher ups settled with the union by cutting my position. Well, by saying all the people working jobs like the one I have must be this other title/position and quite possibly belong to the union.

Anyway, since union dues would break me at my current rate of pay, the new position may only allow one of us per office, and I can’t even try to take the exam I need for this other position until the job is posted and still have no guarantee of getting it, I’ve decided on this for a positive spin: a no-job party.

I’m going to treat being fired (which they lack the guts to say they’re doing) as a reason to celebrate.

I’m currently not sure all that entails, but I know writing will be a part of it. So, if anyone wants to join the celebration with prompts or share music or pictures, feel free to do so.

I am toying with doing a bit of combined genre stuff. I’ve been rereading some of my historicals and was thinking of blending some of them with science fiction. I was starting a blend of sci fi mystery with the Integrated Division stuff I did, and I think I’d enjoy doing more of that even though I keep getting stuck on Division stuff.

I was, of all things, thinking of using the Fire and Water universe to try this fusion. Cress and Occie are fourth generation water, after all, and I see some real potential there, though only a day or so ago, I almost deleted all Fire and Water files from my computer.

I guess that proves the need for a positive spin on the other job. So, let’s celebrate.

Let’s see if there’s some fun or at least some writing left in me.