Oh
my
GOD, do I have some updates for you guys.
First off – typing
like
this
is just more fun.
Second – I may well have
lost
my
mind.
Because, see, not only have I decided to go ahead and release one book this year — that would be too easy — but I’ve decided to release FOUR.

So here’s what’s going on:

July 7 of this year, I released my first self-published book, THE WOODS. It is a dark YA fantasy, with a whole lot of whimsy and an extra serving of weird.

Currently – as in right now, MATTHEW TEMPLETON AND THE ENCHANTED JOURNAL is up for a publishing deal with Kindle Press. You can “nominate” this Middle Grade fantasy adventure by clicking here.

*Middle Grade is a pretty hard sell with Kindle Press, so if it doesn’t make, I will go ahead and self-publish – BUT I’d love you to “nominate!”

Speaking of Kindle Scout nominations, THANKS to everyone who did nominate the second in the The Fantastic Fable of Peter Able series, because it will be coming out this fall. Link to the Amazon page forthcoming! (THE TIMELESS TALE OF PETER ABLE)

AND finally – I’ve just ended a Kickstarter for my book, JUST CALL ME IS: AN INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS (for kids). It was a smashing success, and so this book will be released December of this year.

When it rains, it pours. And I’m makin’ it rain. (Seriously, though, I’m fully aware that I’ve given myself this insane workload – I only hope you enjoy 🙂 )

And now – a nap.

Remember that one time when I said I was going to write a blog post per month?

Yeah, that was funny.

Please, allow me to include my list of worthy excuses at the end of the post, so as to save some time here.

The reason I’m writing now after something of a hiatus, is more or less just to let you all know that yes, I’m still alive, and yes, I do plan to keep up with this blog. Occasionally.

That being said, I’m not going to make it my number one priority. I realize more and more that life is best spent outside and face to face with other people, rather than peering into the (albeit mysterious) depths of my computer screen. It’s about dancing, and laughing, and playing. It’s about connecting with people, acting a fool, and falling. Always falling.

This is the life that I want to live, and this is my priority. When writing fits into that, as it is now, I will joyously sit down in front of my computer screen or typewriter and type away- but more and more, forcing myself to write feels like a grind. After all, people tend to work so hard always in hopes of some day, some day finding the time to really live.

Now, I’m not saying that writing is always work – in fact, much of the time it’s a beautiful mediation for me. But I think I’ve decided to go ahead and retire from work – writing when it feels like work, exercise that feels like torture, spending time with people who feel like a job – and instead, allow myself to play and let things present themselves to me, rather than chasing them down. Things like the urge to sit down and write – like now; things like ideas, people, and circumstances. Things like opportunities, experiences, and abundance.

When you’re not searching for these things, it’s funny how they present themselves to you. And by funny, I mean Extremely Obvious-Why-Don’t-We-Remember-This-All-of-the-Time-When-We’re-Banging-Our-Heads-Against-the-Wall-Just-Trying-to-Make Things-Happen.

So I’ll be back to write more, maybe in a week or two, maybe in a few months, maybe next year.

PEACE.

WORTHY LIST OF EXCUSES
1. I have been focusing my attention on other things*
2. My mind has been elsewhere
3. A raccoon broke into my home and rummaged through my trashcan, found nothing but paper, so he stole my computer and left a menacing note
4. I’ve decided to go into politics under a pseudonym that rhymes with Ernie Flanders.
5. Contemplating the universe
6. Deep meditation
7. Chinese finger traps

* improv, spending time with friends, family stuff, see point No. 3….