I'm writing this journal entry 2 weeks prior to i't's publishing date, in place of the usual Echo Valley chapter. Which may seem rather mean/organised of me, but it's actually motivated by fear of two things:
1. Me and my wife expecting our second child at the end of this month (now.)
2. ME AND MY WIFE ARE EXPECTING OUR SECOND CHILD AT THE END OF THIS MONTH (NOW).
So unfortunately for Echo Valley fans, I will be putting my short horror novel on hiatus for a while. Just until I can catch up on sleep and adjust to looking after a newborn and a tornado toddler simultaneously.
I'm afraid I can't give an exact date due to the spontaneous nature of parenting, but if you subscribe to the blog, you'll receive an e-mail the second the next chapter goes live. Just go to the Home page and enter your e-mail into the top right of the blog sidebar.
As always, thank you to everyone who has read Echo Valley so far and has openly talked about how much they've enjoyed it. I've loved writing this weird tale, but i'm also looking forward to returning to my sci-fi/cyberpunk novel, Architechton, which I was swimming through the 2nd draft of before I got possessed by Echo Valley. I've learnt that as creatives, we generally want to get involved in everything and anything creative. Well, at least I do. In the process of writing my current books, (the fact that Book(s) is a plural proves my point already) I've fought the urge to simultaneously make music, make games, write fictional podcasts, write comics, make storyboards for animations, write game reviews, design logos, stickers, t-shirts... We may see this as productive because it's a creative distraction, but ultimately we're dividing our creative currency into so many things that each thing only has a few pennies in. The saying 'Jack of all trades, master of none' come to mind. Sometimes, we just need to stick to one thing at a time. So we can pour everything we have into that one thing and make it amazing. Not make lot's of things just kind of 'okay' simultaneously.
See you soon guys. Oh, and Happy Halloween! Please don't come trick or treating at my door. I will have a newborn baby. 'Sleep deprived new father' is the scariest Halloween costume you will ever see in your lifetime. :)