No, I Haven’t Been Goofing Off…

Krav Maga disarm

That’s me, teaching a krav maga gun disarm.

It’s time for another of my very infrequent blog posts, which I usually write so my readers don’t think I’m just goofing off and ignoring them. Or ignoring the next novel, short story collection, audiobook, or whatever else I have on my production schedule.

And while I do love nothing more than playing video games all day, going to the movie theater at 11 am (and enjoying a beer, while I’m at it—or even better, a nip of whiskey snuck in via pocket flask), and just generally chillin’ like a villain, that’s not what I’ve been doing this year.

Nope. Back in January, I opened another bricks and mortar business. 

I should know better, really I should. I’ve been self-employed since my early twenties, and I know damned good and well how much work it takes to run a successful small business. And that amount of work is “a lot.”

But apparently, I get bored when I have too much leisure time on my hands. So I opened another martial arts studio—my fourth commercial studio, and the sixth I’ve owned or part-owned.

Boy, did that turn out to be a mistake.

Don’t get me wrong; I love teaching martial arts. Lately, krav maga has become my passion, and teaching people how to do Jason Bourne-type shit is almost as much fun as doing Jason Bourne-type shit. Unfortunately, it’s all the other stuff that goes along with running a dojo that I no longer enjoy.

Namely, the god-awful amount of time it takes to keep such a commercial venture afloat. Time spent doing marketing, recruiting, and admin work—the day-to-day stuff that I no longer have the time or desire to do.

An employee was supposed to be handling most of those tasks, but it didn’t work out that way once the business was up and running. And unfortunately, taking on all that extra work forced me to back off my normal writing and publishing schedule.

The good news is, I’m shutting the dojo down and going back to teaching part-time and writing full-time at the end of the year. Meanwhile, I intend to spend the holidays recuperating and regrouping from complete and utter burnout, thereby renewing my muse so I can get back on my usual writing schedule with a passion next year.

As for what I have planned before the Christmas holidays, I’ll likely spend the first three weeks of December finishing another Junkyard Druid short story collection. After that, I’ll be plotting two new World Beneath spinoff series, as well as the last three novels in the Colin McCool series. 

And I intend to drink a lot of egg nog. Lots and lots of egg nog, made with good bourbon instead of the kerosene-flavored egg slurry they sell this time of year at the liquor store.

Then it’ll be back to my same old writing schedule in 2020.

And lot’s of goofing off, too. 😉


  1. Timothy Dowty on December 1, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Fair warning I will be assimilating the term “Jason Bourne-type shit” when I am teaching gun retention tomorrow. I am hoping that you leave the McCool series open ended as you just put a 3 more book terminus on it. I understand that writing the same character must get difficult, even tedious at times, but… (this is where the sentence really starts right?) I would like to hold out hope for more McCool in the years to come. The McCool world beneath has become a favorite of mine. By the by kudos on the spear fighting scenes in the last book, I love that you can see the research into the actual fighting scenes. I figured you were headed toward a Rob Roy type ending in that and was pleasantly surprised. Watch your center line bro, I look forward to your next release.

    • M.D. Massey on December 18, 2019 at 7:33 am

      Lol! There will be more Colin coming after Book 12. But, I have a couple of spin-off series to write first. So, expect to see two spin-off trilogies release post Book 12, then I’ll circle back around to Colin again.

  2. Nathan on January 31, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    Just finished the THEM books while waiting for more McCool books. You mentioned a world beneath spinoff, I would love to see McCool recruit Scratch as a hunter in the timeline where the apocalypse didn’t happen. Colin met and spent a good deal of time with Aiden during the zombie apocalypse alternate timeline and knows roughly where to look for him and what he could become if given a little nudge.

    • M.D. Massey on February 28, 2020 at 8:59 am

      There will be a return to the Hellpocalypse at some point… stay tuned.

  3. Frank Fulmer on February 21, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    I wish that I could write but I can’t so I read, So there’s no damn way in the hell that I could give you any advice.I have noticed I ever that there are a lot of people who can write but not very not a lot that can tell a good story so being a good Storyteller is must. hell I can’t even tell a good joke must let’s write or tell a good story.. hang in there it can only get better,

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