Wes Boyd's
Spearfish Lake Tales Store
Contemporary Mainstream Books and Serials Online

Special Announcement

I have said for several years that when the queue of books waiting for posting got down to two years, I would cut back to posting twice a week.

Well, I'm sorry to say that the time has come.

Starting immediately, posting will be on Mondays and Thursdays, which almost always will mean Sunday and Wednesday evenings, Eastern time.

Up until now, it has taken me writing approximately 624,000 words or 156 chapters per year to supply the website. In the last five years, I've only hit that goal twice, and missed it by just a little bit in another year. But, the other two have been dismal, and that includes the last two years.

There are a lot of reasons for this. Part of this is physical; I'm getting older and my health is declining accordingly. I get a lot of pain in my hands when I do several hours of typing, and one hand gets very weak. That puts a limit on what I can do.

Plus, my inspiration is flagging. Every now and then I get a good idea and start developing it until I realize "I've already done that and I don't want to do it again." Then, motivation often is lacking. I have a book I'm within a few chapters of finishing, but after the third time I rewrote one chapter and still didn't like it, I decided to put it aside for a while. That was March, and I haven't gotten back to it yet.

I have some other books partially completed, and I hope to get back to them. One is stalled because I couldn't visualize a timely ending until recently, but the details are still fuzzy. In another I have one of my most favorite characters I've ever invented (who hasn't appeared in another book) but it took me a long time to realize I had her in the wrong story, so that's going to turn into a restart. There are others like with similar histories.

There are people who will be disappointed by this announcement. I'm one of them, and have probably put it off longer than I should. But cutting back the schedule also reduces the pressure I feel to produce. I want to keep going for a while longer, and this allows me a chance to do it.

-- Wes