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A Temporary Withdrawal...

Postby Quatermass » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:22 am

Okay, I'll try not to be melodramatic.

Some of you may have noticed that I have been on here less and less. This is not because I have less time to be here, but because I have less inclination to be here. Not because of the company, but because I find myself lacking things to say, and too preoccupied to deal with anything remotely resembling social activity.

I joined this forum about two and a half years ago after my attempt to write for the first TP Prize went nowhere. After a very rocky start, I eventually became a more moderate member. However, a number of events of late IRL have been telling on me, psychologically. One of these reasons, and one of the only ones I wish to discuss on this forum, is my writing ability. I received a blow to my confidence about it when I learned that I didn't even make the shortlist for the current TP Prize, and my writing ability seems to have been going down since then. I struggle to even be remotely satisfied with my writing, and I have very few avenues to publish my works, let alone make a career out of it.

In addition, there is a book I have been working on in various iterations for the past 6 years, and I've just about had enough of working on it. I can't get the f***ing thing to work, to come alive, and there are too many authors out there who can write a hundred times better than I can with a hundredth of the effort. The same goes for a number of novels I have in my stable. The only one remotely publishable is the one I did for the TP Prize, and even THAT one I want to redo from scratch.

I am also having a lot of trouble getting any enjoyment out of life. This has been a major problem for some time, and it's getting worse and worse.

So, for the time being, I'm probably not going to visit these forums. I probably will attend the Pratchett Partisans meet-up in Brisbane in early July, but until I have a breakthrough with this bloody novel, I don't think I can waste time on socialising, never mind being civil enough for it.

Be seeing you.
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Re: A Temporary Withdrawal...

Postby wicked woman » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:32 am

Good luck with the writing Q. There's a place for you here when you want to come back.
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Re: A Temporary Withdrawal...

Postby pip » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:35 am

Good luck Q. Don't be too hard on yourself
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Re: A Temporary Withdrawal...

Postby raptornx01 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:48 am

Sorry to hear you've been having hard times. If you are finding it hard to get something to work maybe you should consider stepping back, and getting away from it for a bit. Focus on something else. and this is especially true if you are getting depressed about it. But you need to do what you need to do. Wish you the best of luck.
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Re: A Temporary Withdrawal...

Postby Sister Jennifer » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:53 am

Jeez, I'll miss you. Hope you can get things sorted soon. Look after yourself, Q.
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Re: A Temporary Withdrawal...

Postby Tonyblack » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:04 am

Sometimes a break and a change in routine is just what is needed. I hope this break will help you in what you are looking for. I know you had a lot of problems when you first joined, but I for one, was very pleased that you listened to criticism and made a real effort to become part of this community. I greatly admired that in you.

We'll still be here when you are ready to re-join us and we'll look forward to seeing you again.

Best wishes in all your endeavours and your life in general. :)
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Re: A Temporary Withdrawal...

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:59 am

Go for it Q. Image If there's one thing I've learned with trying to cope with mental demons it's to follow your gut and your heart, even when it hurts like hell and the solution seems drastic.

Like Tony says sometimes a complete break is the only thing that can give you the space and peace to shrink yourself into looking at the 'real' problem and how to make it work for you (again) and I hope that your forum holiday is helpful in letting you find a way back into the zone for writing. You have the passion in spades and it's that which will be your guide and sustenance to channeling a path through the bad times. Good luck to you, not because you need it but because you deserve it. :)
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Re: A Temporary Withdrawal...

Postby Batty » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:14 pm

Do what you need to do, Q.

As Jan says, Good Luck to you, as you DO deserve it!

After a rocky start you came back and positively contributed to this forum. You deserve heaps of praise for that, as not everyone has managed to achieve what you have.

Come back when you're ready, or from time-to-time, and stop beating yourself up! If you can relax more, then your thoughts and ideas may begin to flow again.
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Re: A Temporary Withdrawal...

Postby ChristianBecker » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:02 pm

Best of luck, Q.
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Re: A Temporary Withdrawal...

Postby Bouncy Castle » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:02 pm

Come back when you're ready, Q.
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Re: A Temporary Withdrawal...

Postby michelanCello » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:13 pm

What everyone else said. We'll miss you Q, and welcome you back whenever you feel ready :)
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Re: A Temporary Withdrawal...

Postby The Mad Collector » Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:11 pm

I can only agree with what is written above. I hope that your break is short and you manage to get your book in the shape you want.
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Re: A Temporary Withdrawal...

Postby Penfold » Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:15 pm

I can't add much to what has already been said except that I also hope that your break is beneficial to you and that we will welcome you back with open arms when you feel ready to return. :)
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Re: A Temporary Withdrawal...

Postby Catch-up » Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:56 am

Hugs Q! Nothing wrong with taking a break to regroup.
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Re: A Temporary Withdrawal...

Postby janet » Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:21 pm

Hope you find the answers Q. Take care of yourself. xx
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