This website has been several months in the making, developing piece by piece nearing the completion of Cydonia's first draft. The site itself is to serve as the centerpiece of my online platform, providing a sort of home base for all my connected accounts to direct back to.

I've saved this blog post for the last step of the process, giving myself time to ponder over its content. At first I thought it would be interesting to give some in-depth background regarding my writing, and what's led me to where I am today, but then I decided against such a post. Over time, that will be discussed, but this entry should highlight the why, not the what

What I've learned over the past year and a half is that life has a way of giving you unexpected answers to your own questions. When I found myself in a rut, feeling lost and helpless, it was writing that gave me hope. Putting my fingers to the keyboard gave me passion and inspiration; a determination I hadn't felt in a long time. It's given me purpose, and a direction to follow.

As I mention in my bio, Stephen King's On Writing was a big influencer for me. Along with several other books, I identified with the message conveyed in those pages, and decided to give some time to the brainstorming and writing of my own novel.

So now, almost a year after the original idea for Cydonia came to me, my resolve has only been confirmed on a more serious level. I've spent more time in writing than with any other interest, and that kind of single-mindedness has ultimately made me happier. It's resulted in less stress, less worry, and more confidence in my future and my personal goals.

There's an old proverb that says, "If you try and chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one." I couldn't agree more with that. Developing a passion for one venture (or rabbit) and pouring my heart and focus into it has already been more rewarding than I could have possibly imagined.