1 February 2023

by | Feb 1, 2024 | Random Thoughts, Writing | 5 comments


Hi! It’s been a while.

When I finished Hyperion back on January 6th, I was all jazzed to keep right on writing… and I managed that for a couple days. Then, I started missing days. And eventually, I realized that I just wasn’t eager to write. That I felt tired… fatigued… at the thought of writing.

I had a really good day about the middle of the month where I threw 3,300 words (and change) at a project, but that–I think–was the final straw or the final nail or whatever metaphor you prefer. I couldn’t get myself interested in writing much at all for the rest of the month.

I talked it over with a couple writer friends and one, specific non-writer friend, and I reached the conclusion that I am–at my core–a burst writer. It will take more effort to change that (assuming I even can change it) than is probably worthwhile, so I’m going to lean into it.

From here on out, I will take a month off after finishing every story.

That decision/conclusion feels good. It feels like where I should be. Over time, I might be able to shorten that, but I have sufficient story ideas that I won’t run out for a very, very long time… especially with the new “month off” plan.

So… today’s the new month, right? Which means I’m back to writing, right? So, what am I writing?

Tempus, Primogenitor #4, is my focus until I finish it. It’s currently sitting at a hair over 61% complete, and I should be able to hit my target word count by the end of the month… maybe the first two weeks of March. I am moving Primogenitor to one per year status, so once I get Tempus published, don’t ask for another one until 2025. I have too many stories that interest me more, and I might even end the series at #5. I dunno. Still thinking about that one.

All right. I’ve rambled on enough for now. I’ll be back later with the writing update.


  1. David Spencer

    Just listened to Dawn of the Sorcerer on Audible. Very kool. Was wondering what happened to books 3 and 4 of your Vushaar series. I bought the first 2 and now apparently only book 5 is available. How is that possible?

    • Rob

      Hi, David,

      I’m glad you enjoyed Dawn of the Sorcerer. I had a lot of fun writing that one.

      There were some glitches with the distributor I used to use to get to Audible, and the audio versions of Archmagister and Home Sweet Home were victims of that. I need to send a couple emails or make a couple phone calls this week, because I thought it would be sorted by now. Thanks for letting me know that it isn’t.

      I’ll make an announcement once I know more.


    • Justin

      Well love Primogenitor, and one per year isn’t horrible. Especially since we’re close to 3 years since Consular. Looking forward to book 4.

  2. Andrew

    Hi Rob,

    A “burst writer” eh, I love it. My farther always told me you need to enjoy everything, all of it. The highs, the lows, the begins, the endings, the love, the loss, and everything in between. So cool to hear you have found and accepted your rhythm. Your books are great and really appreciated!

    Regards, Andrew

    • Rob

      Hi, Andrew,

      I’m glad you’re enjoying my stories. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, too. Always appreciated.

      Best wishes to you and yours.



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