“Why are you taking so f**king long?!!”

Cover-UpdatedThough I’m almost certain this won’t be seen by many, I still feel that I should write it to explain to you—yes, the you reading this right now and wondering when Crusade will be released—why I seem to be taking my sweet ass time releasing another book.

When I first released Mundahlia in 2011 at the age of 18 (after writing it at 15-17) I quickly realized that I shouldn’t have. It was just not polished enough. Words cannot express how grateful I am for those who gave my book a chance and overlooked the blips and still, miraculously, managed to love the characters, world and story. Though let’s be honest, there were several–okay, quite a few typos and errors. I’m aware many successful self-pubbed books that went on to become bestsellers first started out as typo-laden files that were then commissioned to have professionally edited, marketed, and repackaged, but I didn’t have that luxury.

I do not want that to happen again.

I was young, I was foolish, and now that I am older I’ve seen the mistakes I made and have learned from them. That is why I am taking my time releasing the sequel to Mundahlia or any of my other projects. I want to ensure that they are delivered in the best quality that I can possibly offer. Indie or not, quality should never be an option. I know that now.

I am incredibly touched by the comments and e-mails I have gotten over the years and recently from readers who loved Mundahlia and are eager to read the sequel, it inspires me to continue in my writing endeavors. I’ve been working on both my studies and finances in my absence, saving up to hire a professional editor once the final drafts are finished, and am reworking Mundahlia as well which has been removed for sale for over two years now.

It’ll still be the same story more or less when it is republished, just polished and slightly edgier with a few tweaks here and there such as Rini is no longer in high school, but rather starting college. I made this decision to “age” her up a bit to allow for more content to flourish that would otherwise be out of element, and looking back on it now makes the most sense given the mature themes that were presented in the first book that continue on in the sequels.

I apologize for the inconvenience, but hope you understand my reasons for taking all this time.

Always wishing you the absolute best,
RJ

 

Wait…What year is this?

THEN…

It was over a year ago yesterday (30 April 2014) that I decided to take one month off of blogging. I was going through a dark few months and my online presence was already spotty to begin with. I was at a place in my life where I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin, would watch my videos and pick myself apart, or would just not feel confident about anything anymore. I was stuck in a toxic mentality, one I hope to never slip into again, even though I can have my lapses here and there. So I thought, why not take a month off and assess where you are in life, where you want to be, and how you’ll get there, then decide if blogging is still right for you.

Well, that month turned into more than a year. See, the thing about me is that I adore change, I welcome evolution, and I easily grow tired of doing the same thing day-in-day-out. I need a change in scenery, a shake-up if you will. That’s one of the biggest reasons I didn’t name my YouTube channel anything bookish, because I always wanted the option of having a channel with limitless possibilities. Hey, I saw a cool drag performance the other day, let me post that. I went to Austin City Limits, let me show you hipster stuff. I have a recipe? Let me share it with y’all.  OOOH, look at this cute kitteh!! Nevertheless books are and have always been a part of my life, but so are other facets of Pop Culture. The last year has brought new experiences and many hilarious/embarrassing stories I hope to share with you in the coming months in personal posts.

…AND NOW

In the time I’ve been away, I’ve realized that by limiting myself to write about books, or book related things exclusively, I’ve hindered my love for Pop Culture as a whole. That is something that I am going to change. The new RJ Does Books will still feature bookish things, however I will also try to include a variety of topics, new giveaways, and guest posts to keep my site “fresh.” By no means can I say “I’ll post every day”  or  “Mondays will be this type of post, Tuesdays will be this type of post…etc.” but I will make a better effort than before. I’ve even updated my site’s theme, feel free to check it out! ;)

Besos,

RJ