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End of An Era

Hello! ^_^

Few of bits of housekeeping on this glorious almost springtime day.

One, I decided I like suspense novels, so I’ve been having a lot of fun lately shopping for suspense books.

Two, I’ve been doing random TBRs this year, where I pick my TBR out of themed jars, and that actually hasn’t been a disaster. I don’t always stick to it, but it’s fun, and it keeps me from having decision paralysis over what to read all the time.

Three, I actually am still working on the musical project. I have my plot split up into two acts and 46 musical numbers. I decided to go with a singing only format to cut down on the amount of dialogue and such that I would need to write, since this is just for fun. I can add setting details in between songs later, if I decide to do such a thing. But I’m officially in the songwriting portion of the project. 😀

Four, you may or may not know, but I started blogging at the end of July 2012. I wanted a way to keep myself motivated, hold myself accountable, and make connections with other writers.

Now, almost nine years later! I have a record of my ups and downs, some wins, some failures. Mostly, though, I have a record of all my stress.

Being the analytical person that I am, I’ve tried to figure out all the things that caused my writing meltdown at the end of 2018. Self-publishing didn’t help. Blogging about writing and paying that much attention to my progress and process and what other writers were doing didn’t help. It also didn’t help to see people struggling all the time. And I’ve seen a lot of people quit over the years.

I made writing my entire life, and when that started to fall apart, it felt like the roof of my life was crashing down on top of me.

Some people thrive in creative pursuits by blogging and vlogging every step of the way. I don’t. It just gave my OCD something to feast on, and I let it happen because I thought I was helping myself and being “productive.”

I loved talking about writing, but blogging about it put me too much in my head.

I’ve been making videos for almost four years, and I noticed my lackluster communication skills have actually helped me not be so stuck in my head all the time. Being forced to look at myself and talk about things keeps me from ruminating so much, and it makes it really obvious when I’m repeating myself or stuck on a loop.

I still love blogging, but I’m taking an extended break from it to see if it’s something I still want to do, and if it is, how to make it work without it aggravating my tendencies to overthink, overanalyze, and seek validation.

That said, if I do come back to blogging, it won’t be here. This blog is like a time capsule, and I love it, but I think I want to do something different in the future. So, this is the last update on KrystalSquared.net. I’m thinking of having some kind of website for project updates and basic information, but it won’t happen over here.

Feel free to reach out if you want to chat. I’m not falling off the internet. We’re just making some changes.

Thanks for everything! See you around! 💜

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10 Comments

  • Michelle Athy

    Aww! I’ll miss you, but it might be for the best. Take care of you! I had a glimmer of a thought of when I might stop blogging–not that I had plans or even an inkling to yet–but just when that might happen. I’m basically blogging into the void these days and that’s not much fun. I am writing a bit but it’s not something I want to blog about because then I won’t write it!

    I can’t wait to hear more about your musical! 🙂

    • Krystal Jane

      There will be musical updates somewhere. ^_^

      I didn’t really start thinking about stopping until this past weekend, so it was kind of sudden, but I’m a smidge stressed of late, so why not start the break now?

      I always miss people when they leave though.

  • Kristy A.

    Almost 9 years! I think I kept up my blog about 5 years. It’s not an easy decision to make, especially when you’re dealing with other stuff. You have my full support. 💚

    Also, though, so excited you’re getting into suspense! You know I love suspense. 😀 Happy to send more recs your way.
    Also, also, I put my entire TBR into a jar and I love it. If I’m not in the mood for the book I pick then I can pretty quickly find a book to read that does fit my current mood. Funny how that works.
    Third also, so good to hear that the musical is moving along! Maybe a song will get shared online somewhere?

  • Jodi

    Oh my gosh! I’m the last person who’s allowed to complain about your decision, but I just never imagined a day would come where your blog would go inactive. So both of our lovely blogs are now time capsules (I like that imagery, btw). I wish I could say I miss blogging, but I barely notice the absence in my life. That might be because I was already neglecting it badly these last few years. Or maybe because I’m doing a monthly newsletter now and an occasional update on my website, which might be scratching what little residual blogging itch I have left. I think you’re going to feel the absence of blogging in your life though, since you’ve always been so consistent with yours. The irony is I’m going to be dying to hear how this no-blogging thing is going for you, but how will I get any kind of update when you’re not blogging anymore? 😂Anyway, be sure to email me with your website URL if you decide to get one up and running, or if you need feedback on any writing projects, or just to say hi…

    I’ll miss seeing you on here woman!

  • Thea Landen

    Aaaaaaaah! I want to shout DON’T GO!!! at you, but I will respect your decision, of course. I started blogging right around the same time as you, and isn’t it crazy that it’s been nine years? What a trip.

    I believe we’re still/already connected on Twitter and Goodreads. Let me know if I’ve missed you anywhere else, and you know where to find me!

    Good luck with the musical!

  • Tonja Drecker

    I’m so sad to see you go. I loved reading your posts, but I totally get it. It gets to be too much and forced and simply no fun anymore. Keep in touch, and feel free to reach out whenever. All the best to you!!!

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