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Here, I share my interests in science fiction and fantasy, technology and science, my books and current projectsMaia and the Xifarian Conspiracy (the first book of the Lightbound Saga series) is currently free at all fine online retailers.

The S.G. Basu Starter Collection (includes Population Morpheus, Jumpers, and The Firefly League) is a free gift when you sign up for my newsletter. These are great places to start if you haven’t read my books before. Please help yourself!

Here is the list of my books in order by series:

The Lightbound Saga Series (MG/YA Science Fiction Fantasy):
Maia and the Xifarian Conspiracy (Book 1)
Maia and the Secrets of Zagran (Book 2)
Maia and the Regency Protocol (Book 3)
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The Lightbound Saga Boxed Set (3 book bundle)
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Once Upon a Planet (MG/YA Science Fiction Fantasy in the Lightbound Saga world):
The Firefly League
The Seeder Chapters (Near Apocalyptic Science Fiction):
Population Morpheus (Book 1)
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Elementals (Paranormal Serial Thriller)
Season : ICE (Book 1)
Season : FIRE (Book 2)
SQUAD (The Accidental Superheroes Series):
Jumpers (Book 1)

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EMPIRE (Standalone Novel Series):
The Eternity Prophecy (Kindle Scout Winner, published by Kindle Press)

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“You can fix anything but a blank page.”

~Nora Roberts

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“You can make anything by writing.”

~C.S. Lewis

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Don’t Stop Dreaming BIG

3d_bokehToday’s post is dedicated to all writers, big and small. And to surviving writerly struggles, big and small.

I met a writer friend recently at a party. I’ve known this person for years now. We published our first books around the same time and we keep in touch on a fairly regular basis. So he pulls me aside and asks, “Do you still enjoy writing? Aren’t you tired of churning out books?”

I have to admit, I didn’t quite get the question right away. I want to keep on writing for as long as I live. It’s the most wonderful and satisfying job I’ve had in my life. But turns out he wasn’t asking about me. He was asking about himself. He was, through me, trying to do some soul-searching. Turns out after he’d written his first and only book, he was exhausted. He didn’t know what else to do with writing. That book, he claims, was it.

“There are no more stories left in me,” he says.

I didn’t know what to tell him. Oh well, I did tell him that no one had just one story in them. That he just had look for the rest.

“But I’d only planned for one.” That made me shut up for then.

Later, I gave it more thought and tried to get to the bottom of his struggles. Assuming he still loves writing, I think the problem was in his mind. He forgot to keep scaling his plans. He had to dream beyond writing just one books. Agreed, no one starts to build a castle before they have learned to build a regular building. But no self-respecting architect puts up a tent or builds a tenement and says that’s all I had planned for so that’s all I’ll build in my lifetime. Assuming, of course, that he still enjoys building.

We have to take one baby step at a time. But we can have grand plans or we can keep growing our plans as we grow ourselves. If we don’t, then we stagnate. And perish.

For me, every year things are a little different. As time passes, it matures us (true in most cases, but obviously there are famous exceptions to every rule). Along with that maturity, our needs change and so does our goals.

Just a day or two ago, a friend who I used to meet quite frequently when I started out asked me about my writing enterprise. When I told her that I now have published 12 books, with 4 more about to hit the digital stands this year, she gawked. Not because she didn’t expect double digit numbers, but because back when I met her often and discussed my plans with her, I myself had no plans to ever hit double digit numbers. Now, 12 seems minuscule to me. Don’t get me wrong, making 12 books was incredibly hard work and I’m proud of each and every one of them, but it’s far from where I want to go. My goals have shifted massively in a couple of years. The more I write, the more I want to write.

A week or so ago, the spouse asked if I planned to stick to writing. I realized the reason for the question—a year ago I’d drawn up a plan. If I didn’t hit a certain earning level in a certain number of days, I was going to re-prioritize things. Now, however, my plan is different. All I plan to do is keep ramping up my writing.

To my friend at the party, I only have to say this—look inside you and see if writing still makes your heart soar, even a little. If not, it’s no big deal, find something you really want to do. But if it does still make your heart sing, draw up some new plans. Dream it up, friend. You know, there’s no limit to those.

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Tired, but not giving up on those GRAND plans!

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Pardon my absence, but I’ve been busy catching my breath. Every year is different. Each year since I published my first book, it has been getting more and more hectic though. 2017 has been outright crazy. I’ve launched three books (that’s including the Kindle Press one) and it’s not even the end of the first quarter yet.

Yeah, no wonder I’m all tuckered out.

Ya know, people often don’t realize what they’re getting into until they are smack dab in the middle of it. That’s true for me to a certain extent. My infinite wisdom notwithstanding, I didn’t quite realize how much it would take to get this writing venture going. It hit me last year, when even with 18-hour days I still wanted to do more.

UGH!

Don’t get me wrong. 18-hour days or not, I’m not giving up on anything. I’m only going at it at fuller-force, if that’s possible. I’ll be launching a pen name or two this year, as well as continue to write using my own name. Doesn’t that give you the chills already?

So what’s coming this year? A couple of pen-name books (each 60K+ words), and one in my own name (100K+ words). Hopefully I can sneak in a short novel (50K+ words) that I can get into Kindle Scout next year. Oh, I also have another short story commitment for an anthology.

If it sounds bat-shit crazy to you, you won’t be far from the truth. Heck, I feel positively batty nowadays. But this is also a bat who’s ready to give it a 1000%. All I need is my coffee.

So, here’s to three more quarters of non-stop craziness.

And oh, by the way, this is the final week of the Kindle Scout Anniversary Sale, and The Eternity Prophecy is still on a promotional price of $0.99 at Amazon.com. Grab it at the discounted price while you can.

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