The period which destroyed me was this time last year, when people are willing to cheat to win at any costs, there is no point in entering a contest.
The final glory was winning the award, yet it brought with it no sales and in the long run killed the series.
My last act as a writer will come next month when I enter the contest for the Merrill Foundation, after that I will cease and only do this blog.
Every road has a junction and this one said "Ran out of options and hope." I tried all types of things to get a few sales and failed, even though I am "apparently" well liked. A fact which I am yet to be convinced of by the way.