The Elephant In The Room

Let’s address the obvious elephant in the room, also known as “What happened to the words of prey site?”

For the 4 or 5 folks that followed it, I thank you.

Here’s the deal – when I set about trying to write in 2016, it was a lot of fun, and the community of indie writers like me was only a fraction of what it is today. The number of folks putting words on paper has virtually exploded, and there are a lot of talented folks telling some compelling stories now.

The market, however, has not grown at the same rate, thereby making every call for submissions met by a tsunami of hopefuls. That rachets up the number of rejections one gets because publishers are only going to use so many tales.

And that leads us here. When the writing became less fun and more stressful by virtue of the difficulty landing work here and there, I stepped back and asked myself why am I adding this aggravation? I do this for fun, and if the fun is going away, well cue up B.B. King’s “Thrill is Gone” and play it loud.

At the same time, I’d been pulling out my cameras more and more, and as luck would have it, I came across a rare bird. In late 2013, Nikon introduced a camera that many would dislike, but a select few would absolutely need to have. The Df (stands for Digital Fusion) is a pro class DSLR at heart, but brings back the controls and ergonomics previously found on film cameras like the FM and the F4, which were my personal favorites of all time.

Df control layout

As of today, I now own two of these cameras. I gave my previous D500 pro level camera to Anita to upgrade her gear, and I’m going to stick with these for the duration of the remainder.

Will I ever write again? I imagine so… I’d guess that an idea will occur to me, and I’ll sit down at the keyboard and see where the idea takes me, which is the path all my work has taken. Never say never, as Mr. Connery learned.

But, will I go through the hassle of spending hours submitting, researching, then submitting some more? Not very likely. I currently have a book that I began some time ago, and actually made a good deal of progress with. When the motivation strikes, I would like to see if I can get that finished. If I succeed, I’ll likely self publish it on Amazon as a Kindle book and leave it at that.

Time will tell.

Caricature by Donna McCarthy

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