Somebody asked me the other day whether I was still “doing the writing” the other day. “You don’t seem to talk about it so much on your blog anymore.”
Whilst it’s true that I’m not updating the blog as regularly as I did, the reason isn’t inactivity. If anything, it’s the opposite. So then why am I not talking about writing so much?
The answer is secret projects. You see, I have a few problems talking about them. As anyone with even a basic IQ can work out – they’re secret. Secrets mean you don’t tell everyone But that causes its own problems. How many times have you seen people post on twitter or Facebook that they have “an exciting secret they can’t tell anyone”? I think we’re all guilty of doing it from time to time but those posts are a bit annoying. If you have a secret, then why make any mention of it? Why use it as some carrot to dangle in front of people in order to make yourself look interesting?
If I have one problem it is that I lack the super-human amounts of patience that writing demands. I wouldn’t go quite so far as to say I am impatient, I just don’t rank very high on the patient scale. I’m excited about what I’m doing, I want to tell people, talk about my projects. But there are some projects where that’s not possible, where there are other people involved and everything needs to be co-ordinated and that dreaded phrase “media plan” gets used.
But on the other side, there are days when those projects take up a big part of my life, and not just in a day to day sense, but in a way that they can change my thinking, affect my mood. The last couple of weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster, stuff that I’d really like to blog about – not about the project itself but about me, about the craft of writing. Sometimes I need to do that, just to sort my head out. Even the stuff I’m writing right now which isn’t secret, can’t be mentioned because it links into something that is. Gah!
So I’ve decided that whilst I’m not going to give anything away about the projects themselves (I owe that to myself as much as people I’m working with), I’m not going to worry if my blog posts refer to their existence. They are real, I’m putting a ridiculous amount of work into them, and the reason I can’t talk about them is for reasons more than just wanting to torment people who don’t know. It doesn’t mean you are a second rate friend and I hope no-one takes it as that.
Back on Action-Figure we did a lot of product teases. Most of these were manufacturer sanctioned, trying to build up excitement and hype for an upcoming project. It was a fine line between issuing a tease and just winding people up. Likewise, I think there’s a thin line between referring to them and teasing them. That line gets mighty blurry when you’re pumped about things but I hope I manage to stay largely on the right side of the line.
I also like to give my projects stupid epic-sounding names. Not because I have an inflated opinion of myself but because I need an in-your-face reminder to myself not to take it all too seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I take what I do very, very seriously and I’m super-excited about these projects, but that doesn’t mean I need to take myself too seriously.