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Using the Fear: Where Is the Pangaea Sequel?

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If you’ve read my first book, Pangaea: Unsettled Land, you may be wondering where the sequel is and if there will ever be one. You may be excited for the upcoming release of its prequel, The Auctorati, but for some of you that may not cut it. You want to jump back into the lives of Slade, Douglassaire, and Gisela and see where the adventure takes you next. So, where is the sequel? In short, it’s in my head, but that’s not completely accurate.

A Stalled Draft

I’ve already begun writing the Pangaea sequel. So that’s good news! The bad news, is that it’s still in its beginning stages. It’s super slow going and I’d blame it on an abundance of ideas for other stories, not really having this story outlined the way I need to feel confident in it, and editing and releasing the upcoming novella as well as my latest short story, The End of Forever. However, the biggest contributor to my stalled progress is…well, me.

You can either let fear stop you or fuel you.

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It All Boils Down to Fear

You know when a TV show starts off great, but goes on too long because it just had to keep up with customer demand? It usually ends up being terrible because the writers obviously ran out of ideas. I don’t want that for Pangaea. And I think that’s the biggest thing that’s holding me back. The question I ask myself is, Am I doing this because there’s more story here, or am I doing it just to make fans of the first book happy? Both are important, but I don’t want to create fluff. I want to give you something that’s worthwhile.

The Good News

The good news is I’m not out of ideas. I have a lot of inklings of where I can go next with these characters, and some of it is already drafted. I just need to fight through the self-doubt and uncertainty.

You can either let fear stop you or fuel you. I’m going to write this sequel. And starting now, I’m using that fear. It’s a sign on the road of what not to make this next book. With that, I can turn from that path towards the best version possible.

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2019 – Goals for the New Year

Jarrod’s Journal – Inspirational

With every new year comes the pondering of resolutions to make it better than the last. While I complained throughout 2018 about my lack of progress, I have to keep it real with myself and reflect on all that I’ve done. It hasn’t been meaningless. And in fact, it played a big part on my strategy for 2019.

A Look Back at 2018

Like I said in my previous post, I spent a lot of time trying to master marketing and branding myself. The things I’ve experimented with are as follows:

  • King for a Day – YouTube Vlog
  • The Read / LGBTr – YouTube Interview Show
  • Snapchat / Instagram Stories
  • Prompting votes for the next story path on Twitter
  • Un-Commuted – Podcast

I would consider all of those my failures – or at least just projects that had promise, but didn’t light a fire inside of me. However, I did do some things I would consider successes:

  • Completed writing The Auctorati – currently being edited
  • Completed writing Synapse – soon to be edited
  • Wrote and published two short stories, Survival Stories
  • Sold my book at my first trip to a convention, Wicomicon in Baltimore, MD

Yeah, I did a lot of complaining (and hopefully it wasn’t that noticeable), but when I look back at what I’ve done I am proud of both the failures and successes. The failures have helped me narrow down and focus on what I do best. The successes have propelled me forward with a clear understanding of what to do next. This year, I’m only going to do what energizes me.

2019 – Resolutions for the New Year

I’m excited for 2019. Not only do I expect to publish two novellas, I have a clear plan for my blog, and some amazing new ideas that I want to get started on. Here’s what I’m looking forward to:

  • Publish The Auctorati and Synapse
  • Regular blog post updates
  • Higher email list engagement
  • A short story about dueling immortal warriors
  • A novel about killer androids
  • Completing Pangaea book two and having it ready for publishing by 2020 (maybe earlier if I can get into a groove)

Happy New Year! What are your resolutions?

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Finding My Fire

Jarrod’s Journal
The following section may sound a bit a stream-of-consciousness piece (albeit edited for readability), but that's because I took a rambling, journal-like approach to
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