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A Bad Year


Hello!


It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog as, truth be told, I forgot I had it for a while. Once I remembered that I had it I struggled to write anything, as being creative is really hard right now, which I’m sure is a sentiment a lot of people share.


Because, good lord, this has been a tough year.


It’s not something I want to talk about explicitly, either. I’m even putting off making the update within the update itself, which is a perfect example of why I don’t post very often, too. Truth be told, I don’t like posting much; especially to Twitter. I see people in the writing community interacting all the time on Twitter, and then there’s just me sitting on my own in the corner; writing about giant worms and crab-monsters.


I’m fine with this, though, although I feel bad about it at times, too.


I’ve instead tried to offer my support to those who need it through more direct means such as donations, or by seeking out the works of those who really deserve more recognition than they’re currently getting.


Alongside this, a lot of creators who I used to support have made it much harder for me to do so. Nobody’s perfect and people are absolutely allowed to make mistakes – which they hopefully grow and learn from – but that must not be confused with those who consciously choose to hurt others time and time again.


Plus, social media is a rough place to be as it is, even more so if you’re having a difficult time. I cannot overstate the value of shutting it off for the week.


Anyway, that’s the serious talk over. Let’s never do it again.

It’s time to talk a little bit about book stuff.


Firstly, I wanted to give a huge thank you to everyone who bought The Case of the Giant Carnivorous Worm since it released in March last year. Everyone has been so kind about it, and anyone who takes the time to write a review – positive or negative – is a legend.


Secondly, yes, the sequel was technically supposed to be released by now. I never set a release date for it because, well, I didn’t really want to, and I’m glad I didn’t. There’s no way I could’ve gotten it finished in time, and as I write this post I can’t quite shake the feeling that I should be working on that, instead.


The book is basically finished, but, as many people in the writing community know, just because it’s finished doesn’t mean it’s done. There were already some delays when it came to getting everything ready, and when the world ended, those delays were only exacerbated.

I’m also going through a relatively huge life change right now, which has leeched nearly all of my time, but at this point, I’m just making excuses.


It is still coming, and it should be worth the wait.


If you haven’t already, then please give it a look. If you have given it a look, a review would be amazing.


Thank you, once again.

I’ve been on the Internet for far too long now. I feel old.


Before I started writing publicly, I used to make garbage YouTube videos.


All of my past escapes are gone, thankfully, but I always loved the editing part of the process. Since ditching the idea of becoming a YouTube sensation with as much charisma as a sausage, I’ve missed editing.


So, with that in mind, I’ve started to get back into it recently, and am happy with the results.

Most recently I edited a video for OneWelshSheep: friend, Twitch streamer, and Sonic enthusiast.


You can check it out at the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOpvcdq8by8


I’m likely to be producing more for him, as well, and am looking into getting other editing gigs to help pay the mounting bills.


And, that’s pretty much it. If you read this far, thanks for your time.


I just want to close by saying that I hope you’re staying safe, keeping sane, and are being kind to others whenever you can.


Take care, reader.

- Thomas

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