Well, I’ve hinted at it for years, but I finally did it. I finally published a book. This is not something closely related to the blog, or topics in the blog. It’s something I started writing 10 years ago and has changed a lot over time (just like I changed). I hesitated publishing for years because I didn’t have confidence, and also because the book-publishing industry is kind of daunting. But then I learned about self-publishing online, and I decided to try it. Since I have a nice, stable job, the goal wasn’t money, it was just something I enjoy doing.
That said, the book is probably not for all readers. It’s a science-fiction book that touches on religion and other subjects a lot, but it’s also dark and pretty violent at times. Just as this blog expresses a lot of my ideas, I guess the novel does too. Since I’ve never professionally published a book before, it might be terrible, but I did enjoy writing it a lot, so even if it fails, I feel satisfied that it’s done.
Anyway, I feel relieved. I don’t expect a lot of readers, and don’t expect a lot of fame, but for me, I’ve lived with this story, its places and characters for so long that I just wanted to finally get it out there. It also gives me an excuse to finish book 2 and 3 which are only partially complete. I’m particularly excited about book 2. :)
For now though, I can enjoy a small break, and stop editing and re-editing the same book over and over, night after night. Book 2 awaits!