Good afternoon, fam
I know this isn’t a post you want to see here right now. Nothing less than Dear High Mistress will make you guys happy.
Unfortunately, we’re not having an episode of that today.
I want to make some announcements.
>The first is about Love, Your Enemy. I will be postponing the release of the book till September. I have encountered some technical difficulties finishing it.
First, I recently concluded the first part of Stranger In Lagos, which took me quite some time to finish. It left me rather drained.
Secondly, I got into a ‘no write’ period. I wasn’t able to put down anything. It was not that I was suffering from writer’s block. No, I don’t suffer from that. Rather, it had to do with the desire to write. My writing process involves the inspirational and the technical. Inspiration can keep me writing a seven-thousand word episode in a few hours. Technical is what helps me clean the post up to make it better. Normally, before I do both, I’d jot down each scene and plot the story well, listing out details and even dialogues sometimes that won’t leave my head. So, recently, all I had working for me was the plotted and the technical part. Inspiration was gone. I just couldn’t flow without the story coming off as mechanical and stiff. And having to write that with Dear High Mistress was difficult, so I dropped #LYE and concentrated on Dear High Mistress until I ran out of steam.
It’s believed by some that Sally can go on and on without running out of inspiration. Well, this is a day that such assumption is proven wrong. Personal problems are to blame for my lack of desire. I have been struggling with something in my life lately and this has affected my pen. I do feel myself returning and I hope to resume today to continue with the story. Please, pray for me to get back that juice. The concluding chapters of The Fourth Finger were torn down and restarted just five days before the deadline I gave. There’s nothing I can’t accomplish when my fingers are on fire. I just need to get back in that place.
>Love, Your Enemy will be undergoing a title change. Based on advice which I initially rejected, I am now changing the title to something else. I will reveal that when the book cover drops. The reason for this is that the name is easily confused with ‘love your enemy’, which is a common quote in Christianity. This could affect book sales by selecting a Christian audience and driving away the non-Christians. Not everyone who sees the book online reads this blog to know that the story is about Pastor Love. They may assume that it’s a non-fictional Christian book teaching about loving one’s enemies.
It was difficult to accept this change since the title means much to me. But i think it’s for the best.
>This blog may have to move to Facebook in the near future. This would be for those who have been asking to subscribe to read. I will add members to a secret Facebook group where they can get access to ongoing series. As one of the few online writers left standing who started almost six years ago, I think I have tried with freebies. It’s sad that people still send me emails to ask me why some posts are not for free. I once said I will get tired of talking. This is the time. I am tired. My hosting package for this blog costs some good money. Towards the end of each month, I am told that my bandwidth is almost running out because of heavy traffic. Yet on a post of 2,000 views, I get only 20, 30 comments. I don tire. I want to drop my hosting package to a cheaper one, reduce traffic here since the blog doesn’t generate much ads and get value for the hard work I do from paid subscriptions. Nobody who wants to make it in life does freebies. Because of my kindness, I have gotten insults. Yet the same people will pay thousands to buy other authors’ works and still kiss their asses.
So, come September or October, this blog will move to the new hub for online content which is now social media. That’s where everything is happening. I will restructure this and make it a place for posting excerpts, other writers’ works and for book sales, so that those who don’t get to read the subscribed stuff can still buy my books directly from me.
>Olajumoke Omisore, the writer of Girls, apologizes for being unable to continue her series. She is busy with her job and can’t continue. Fatimah who shares Omoge Campus with us faced some issues as well. Same with Ibukunwrites. With Ibukun, I had to personally discontinue the series because I didn’t want a situation where y’all be kept waiting another long time for more episodes. I apologize on all their behalf.
Guys, things are no doubt changing around here. Life has become more complicated and difficult, especially if you live in Nigeria. I miss the days when I didn’t have to sweat too much to earn a good pay. Writing was bliss then. This blog was awesome. Readers were as generous with comments as I was with giving series freely. But things have changed on both sides. It would have been fun to continue with the way things were but it’d be unfair to me and to those who diligently stop by to encourage me.
Difficult decision to make, but it has to be done.
Dear High Mistress continues next Saturday. The Marriage Ultimatum as well. I can’t give details about Stranger In Lagos yet but it’s ready. When it launches, you’ll be the first to know.
I can never get tired of thanking everyone who comes here to comment, share, buy my books, and drop encouraging comments on social media and via email. God bless you. And for those of you who only make up the numbers and still ask for freebies, I am not understanding you o. Ghost mood would soon be deactivated.
Anyways, I love you all like that.
Enjoy your Sunday!