I’m (Finally) Back!

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In which I give a glimpse into what I’ve been up to, what I’m planning for the year, and probably also ramble a bit

Okay, so I haven’t sworn off writing or anything I just got busy and side-tracked and well… I decided to have a look as to what I’m posting where after starting a proper writing-for-freelance-full-time-blog. Which still needs work, but I digress.

So those that have been following the blog for a while (thanks for sticking around!) know that I lost my full-time job at a national publisher last year during our country’s hard lockdown, along with all my colleagues. It’s taking a while to get back on my feet and that’s why I’ve been so side-tracked. Plus, you know, 2020 happened.

I didn’t completely stop writing fiction, however. I started a Substack (The Worlds of Carin Marais) for my fiction and, more importantly, for The Ruon Chronicles. Although Where the Stars Used to Sing (a new collection of flash fiction) also appears on the Substack, I’ve started to share Stuff About The Ruon Chronicles in earnest now.

The Substacks

If you’re going “You started a what?”, don’t worry. The Substack is a newsletter that anyone can sign up for (it’s free) and that you then receive twice a week (on Monday or Tuesday and Friday). These newsletters contain fiction and worldbuilding that — for the most part — won’t appear on this blog. Basically, it’s the stuff that I used to share on Patreon — but I left Patreon for Substack. (There will probably be a paid newsletter in the future, but the primary one I will keep free.)

I may have also started an Afrikaans newsletter for my Afrikaans fiction in which I want to share short stories, flash fiction, and my work on Porselein. This Substack is creatively called Die wêrelde van Carin Marais (the Afrikaans translation of the English one’s title) and can be found over here or by clicking on the link above.

So… What’s the blog for then?

I’m glad you asked!
I’ll still be posting on Hersenskim, though probably not as often as I used to pre-lockdown, and am aiming for one post per week. This will include some flash fiction and updates about The Stuff I’m Writing as well as a look at my hobbies, etc. Because having a different blog for my other hobbies is just too much to keep going. Plus, those hobbies have influenced The Ruon Chronicles so it makes sense to put it here as well.

My freelance writing and contacts will then live on my freelance website and I won’t have one huge website that is completely fragmented.

The writing projects I’m planning for the year

This year I’m planning on releasing the collection Where the Stars Used to Sing before the end of February. For real this time. This collection will be available on Noisetrade Books/Paste and will also be sent to my newsletter subscribers. If you’d like to see the kind of fiction you can expect in it, head over to The Worlds of Carin Marais.

Then. Then. For goodness’ sake this year I will get somewhere with The Ruon Chronicles. As in, the final outline of the series and writing the first stories. This is also where my one word of the year — “balance” — comes into play. I really need to find a proper work-life balance.

Background with white flowers and the words 'My words for 2021 - Faith, Balance, Creativity'

Finally, I will be working on Porselein. If anything, last year I realised that these are the projects that I really, really want to work on and get done. So I’ve taken Porselein off the back burner. I mean, sure I won’t be working on it as much as The Ruon Chronicles, but I’ll still be working on it!

There will also be the odd flash or micro fiction and maybe even a short story or two. However, it’s the larger fantasy projects that I want to work on in 2021.

What are your plans for 2021? I’d love to hear!

By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.

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