I had a lovely guest (author Karen Brees) scheduled for today, but I hit a brick wall with that sinus infection, and my guest hit a brick wall with a strep throat, and the schedule crashed and burned.
Sounds like a a lot of wreckage, doesn't it?
We're both on the road to recovery, and I'll be putting Karen back on the guest schedule as soon as possible.
Author Gary Reilly wrote for his love of the creative, his desire to take the ideas in his head and get them down on paper, and his character. Gary wrote novel after novel full of charm and wit and good old-fashioned story-telling. There were eleven stories about Murph, the Denver taxi driver, a couple of novels about the Vietnam era, and more...maybe twenty-five books in all.
Gary died before any of them were published, and perhaps before any of them were ever submitted to an agent or editor. Some of his books are getting published now, but unless Gary has a window on what's happening here on the earthly plain, he'll never know.
There's a lot more about Gary and some of his other novels in a blog written by his friend and now co-publisher of his books, Mark Stevens. You can find it at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers blog.
Maybe writing for the love of writing was enough for Gary Reilly.
Would it be enough for you?
Sometimes I think it would be enough for me.
But then I think how good it feels to hold that newly published novel in my hands and how much fun it is to sign a novel at a conference or convention, and I cave. Getting published is part of the game for me.
I hope to get published again in the next year or so. That means it's time to get back to work with all those little chores that are part of treating writing as a business. Update the website, upgrade the blog, write new bios for the organizations I belong to and social media sites I use.
And write more novels...for the sheer love of writing, creating new characters, and great old-fashioned story telling.