It becomes more apparent why most writers seek solitude when crafting their stories. Although I cannot recall who initially said this, I have learned that a writer's greatest enemy is not lack of talent, skill, or time; it's being distracted by other people. I now have tremendous and envious admiration for Superman and his Fortress of Solitude! The idea of packing up a small bag and escaping to a secluded cabin for a few weeks to work on a first draft now appeals much more to me than it ever did.
When I set about taking time off work to write the next book's first draft, I had indeed planned on traveling to a relatively secluded and remote place to prevent as many distractions as possible. However, circumstances made it not as practical as I thought, at least not this time. So, while I was able to prevent little distractions like email and social media (you'd be surprised how much you can get done by simply turning off the wifi), other distractions managed to find their way into my line of vision. Some were good; others were heartily unwanted.
Now that I am back at work regularly, I am spending as much free time to continue hammering out the first draft. My progress may be slow, but it is getting done nonetheless.
On a related note, I recently ventured into learning how to write scripts for graphic novels, with the ambition to adapt the first book, Come See The Light, into one. It is an idea I have been playing around with since I started writing, and I look forward to seeing where it may go.
Assuming I don't land a traditional publisher or literary agent within the next year or so, the potential graphic novel adaptation will probably be self-published. In this case, you can expect a crowdfunding campaign in the future, but we shall cross that bridge if and when we come to it.
Thank you for lending me your ears. I hope you will continue to join me on this beautiful adventure.