Starting With A Blank Slate

S. J. Pajonas July 2, 2011
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A writing update...

It’s interesting starting a blog with nothing here. I used to blog a lot, mainly about personal things including, most frequently, knitting and my kids. They were the two most important things in my life, and still are. I love knitting. I love my family and my kids. But recently I’ve come to love something else again. Something that had been out of my life for a long time.

When I was in college, I used to write a lot. Don’t most young people flirt with the idea of being a published author? I was particularly enthralled with screenwriting and wrote a lot of crap screenplays, most of which were the equivalent of Michael Bay movies now. What did I tell you, crap. But it was fun and I certainly enjoyed doing it. I gave up the fantasy of writing for the movies, though, once I had to start paying rent. Really, it’s not much of a job when you’re a young nobody just out of school.

So I learned how to code and do web design in 1998, joined the dot com boom, and made some good money in NYC when the web was just new and everyone wanted in. Now I have two kids, quit my job a few years ago, and really had no desire to go back to that. I’m still fairly good at CSS and PHP, but I haven’t been doing it for the past few years and the market is saturated with young college kids who will code for a whole lot less than I will.

I decided a month ago that I won’t go back to work, but I can’t just sit around and do nothing between taking care of the kids. It’s time for me to pick up writing again after a 13 year hiatus. I have a great idea for a series of YA sci-fi books. Sci-fi NOT fantasy. I grew up on Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, and Herbert, not dragons, vampires, and werewolves. It’s time to bring more science fiction back to today’s youth, especially young women who are tired of being branded as eye candy. You all have brains, we’re going to use them!

I won’t talk much about the specifics of my story here until I release it, but I do want to here from you about what you want from the book industry. Let’s talk about writing!


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