Sasha Siregar was born in January. Here she is in one of her not-so-secret roles:

The Fairy Queen

Sasha, The Fairy Queen

She joined Athens, our 5-year-old son, and now we have the matching set. Becoming a Dad all over again has made me think hard about who I want to be when I grow up.

This year, while searching his soul, Dad has been spending time with son, coaching T-Ball, playing D&D with friends, and making some money.

Head Coach and Leadoff Hitter for "The Purple Spies"

I’ve been asking myself if I’m still committed to the writing dream. Smarter people than I have said that if you can quit, you probably should. But thanks to the people who have read my first book and gone on this journey with me, I can’t. Not today.

This saga that I’ve started (Splendor and Ruin) has another couple of big books left in it. Outside of being responsible to the people around me there’s nothing I want to do more than to write these books. And after I write these two books, I really want to write more.

One critical thing helped me get back on track. Over the last ten months, I’ve sold over 3,000 copies of my novel and given away roughly 20,000 free copies. In March, Amazon matched iTunes’ free price on my novel for six days, leading to 12,000 free downloads. I waited, expecting to get killed by reviews from so many new readers who downloaded a freebie that “just wasn’t for them.” Instead, I got so many kind reviews and many more kind emails. I shit you not one bit, my readers gave me the boost I needed. You told me that I should keep writing.

When I wrote The Black God’s War over the course of two years (the only book I’ve ever attempted), it looked like Mt. Everest. And before I attended my third Superstars Writing Seminar a month ago, book 2 looked just as difficult to climb. But after the seminar, my perspective changed.

I am going to pour all I’ve got into the next two books in this trilogy, but I’m already looking down the road, seeing that these books aren’t huge mountains in front of me anymore. These are books I’m going to write as if they were the last things I will ever get the chance to write, and then–Universe willing–I’m going to quickly move on and write more.

I want to get back into blogging regularly, but if I don’t, I can almost guarantee you that it’s because I’m writing. Because over the last month, I have been totally recommitted to these books. Do or do not. There is no try. And I love the way books 2 and 3 are coming together.

I’d like to get book 2 out by the end of 2012, but that might be too ambitious. We’ll see. I’m definitely giving it all I’ve got, and I’m shooting for mid-2013 at the latest. I want to thank everyone out there who is looking forward to book 2, THE GODS DIVIDED. I know one little guy who can’t wait to see it (especially the map–he loves the maps):

 

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Grace
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Go for it! You’ve got it! Looking forward to both (all of them in you!).
You’ve got the spirit and the drive to do whatever you want to do and will do it! So confident in you in what you say.
You definitely walk your talk, Moses!
BRAVO!

June 5th, 2012 at 6:00 pm
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I’m so glad for your success, and even more for your blessings as a husband and father. Great attitude, Moses. Keep up the hard work.

June 6th, 2012 at 8:41 am
Moses Siregar III
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Thanks, Mom. 🙂

Thank you, Tim!!

June 6th, 2012 at 1:23 pm
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I’m back-flip thrilled to hear you’ll be finishing the Splendor and Ruin trilogy, Moses. Best wishes to you and your family. May I suggest giving your son’s little-league team enchanted bats of +2 bashing? Just a thought.

June 6th, 2012 at 9:22 pm
Moses Siregar III
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AE, thank you! As for the bats, shhhhh!

June 6th, 2012 at 10:24 pm
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Moses, keep writing I recently purchased your novel and read the entire first stanza in one day, whilst at work on my iPhone not the greatest for my personal productivity but damn I couldn’t stop. I look forward to reading many more novels from you.

June 12th, 2012 at 6:48 pm
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Thank you so much, Chris! It’s great to hear that.

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I love your writing.
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The kids grow up so fast–in a blink, when you look back!
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