I had already put it down some months ago. But every now and then, I’d walk by and look at the dust collecting on it. Did it really deserve this neglect? Wouldn’t it be better a second time around? It just didn’t feel right.
It’s true that I stopped playing guitar for a while. Part of me thought that I wasn’t making any progress with the instrument. Doubt can stop someone in their tracks. If I had continued to allow my inner skeptic to take over, a recent live performance would never have happened. Back on the proverbial horse, I was rockin’ it out again and having fun. And the inner skeptic sat grumbling on a curb, kicked out of the venue.
But I’m not really talking about guitars. I’ve just republished the print edition of my science fiction and fantasy collection, Spectrum. The story selection has been updated, two new stories have been added and “Edge of Twilight” got a rewrite. Once again, I’m rockin’ it out.
Nothing ever comes easily. That goes for both learning to play guitar and writing books. An audiobook of Spectrum also got released. But the links on the product page need to be fixed. Right now, they still point to the previous edition. And even before I encountered the publication issues, I had doubts about working on a second edition. Or even attempting to write a novella length fantasy story.
Did I give up on both accounts? Nah, it will all work out. Quit worrying. The inner skeptic just needs to be kicked to the curb, yet again.