No groaning please. I know everyone, well all those people who are likely to be reading this at any rate (cause if the whole world is reading this blog, then it’s smaller and much less populated than I could imagine), was hoping to see a new part to The Pickett Family Holiday. And just in case anyone is uncertain, this is definitely not part 10. In fact, I have decided there will not be a part 10. Please, no groaning and let me explain because no part 10 doesn’t mean I’m done with Stephanie Pickett or her family.
Alright, explanations are due and deserved and so you’ll have one. Maybe. Okay, fine I’ll explain. A little.
The Pickett Family Holiday was originally designed to take place during the holiday season, covering Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Thanksgiving is pretty well covered through part 09.
Now, I shall state the obvious.
Christmas and New Years have not only not been covered, they’ve sailed into the past and are quickly becoming distant memories of another year gone by.
What difference does that make?
Well, technically not a damn little bit. I can write a Christmas story in the middle of June if I want and many authors actually do because of publishing deadlines for such material. The thing is, Christmas stories are great in late November and all through December, but who really wants to read one in February or March? Not me.
So, being the practical person I am, it seemed the better choice would be to adjust my story for a more appropriate time setting. And, The Pickett Family Holiday actually wrapped up (no pun intended) quite nicely with part 09. There are some open strands of story and unresolved conflict which are perfect for additional exploration. All this means that I can and will develop the story further, just spreading it out over a longer period of time than I had originally intended. Flexibility, it’s an asset (never more so than when touching one’s own toes while keeping your feet on the ground).
Anyway, what I’m going to be doing, unless loads of you object to my plan, is taking a short break from posting the Pickett story until I can properly develop an alternative route which is currently focused on the concept of Spring Break. I shall also, give the new segment of the story a title fitting the change from the Holiday season to Spring. No, it’s not a permanent break, and yes, I promise to finish out the story properly so you’ll all find out just what that little guilty secret Stephanie’s been hiding is all about. At least that’s the plan. Of course if you prefer, I can simply move on and we can all forget about the Pickett’s.
Next up on the update list, I gather a few of you would like to no what the hell has been going on with yours truly. Well, it’s a long story and someday I’d like someone else to write it and millions of people to be interested enough to read all about it and me. Until that time (Probably about when hell freezes over, pigs fly, and politicians aren’t regularly confused with Pinocchio) I’ll just say I haven’t been able to spend as much time writing as I’d like. Actually for the past month, I’ve been taking a condensed course for school which had me at school four days a week and going out of my mind eight days a week. Starting Friday, the Spring term begins for my school, but not to worry, my schedule is much more manageable than it has been.
Unfortunately, I’m plum out of advanced material for posting. That’s why there have been such inconsistent posting on the blog since the end of last year. In order to get back on top of things I need to slow down my posting schedule so that I can create a new surplus that can help me through those periods when I can’t write as often as I want. They happen more than you might imagine, but up until now, I’ve gotten through them with material written in advance.
In other words, the posting schedule for ITS is going to be a little erratic over the next month or two, possibly longer. I’m going to do my best to post at least one short story per month while I’m rebuilding my advanced supply of stories and if all goes well, I hope to get on a more permanent and timely schedule in the months ahead. I’ll keep you updated on how things are going and no, that won’t be the story I’m posting for you.
The first short story is almost ready to go, but not yet finished or I’d promise you a posting on it for Wednesday. That’s still my goal, but if it takes more time than I’m expecting it could be Friday or even next Monday before it goes up. It’s a return to the Cedar Lake campus, but this time it’s not a student in trouble. I’ll let you guys figure out what that means.
Oh, and there are couple of you I owe an email as well, sorry for the long delay, but I promise you’ll hear from me this week. If you’re waiting for a reply and don’t get one by Friday, please re-send your original message because I might have lost it in the mix or it could have got caught in my spam filter, but either way that means I don’t have it.