I started listening to a new audiobook. New to me, anyway.

It's called Black Horse Creek by Charles G. West, and it's a Western.

Why is that important? Because anytime I listen to, read, or watch a Western, I want to write one.

Why is that a bad thing? Because I barely have time to keep up with what I'm writing now, I can't be adding more to the pot.

And yet ... Okay, so yeah, I already have an idea. And yes, I really want to write it.

But beyond trying to come up with some way to fit it in to my schedule, I have other considerations to, well, consider.

I'm not a known writer, that's a fact. Yet, I feel like if I was to decide to put out a full on Western, I wouldn't want to put it out as written by Steeven R. Orr.

See, as much as I like to tell myself that I can be one of those writers who can write whatever I want, span the genres, and still be mildly successful, the reality is that I can't. And I shouldn't even try.

I mean, I can write a zombie tale, a modern re-telling of Goldilocks, a Weird Western, a serial about a man who fights crime dresses an a pinata, and a serial about a private detective who specializes in the supernatural, the unexplained, and the just plain weird. I can do all that under my name and it sort of makes sense.

But a straight up Western?

That's an entirely different audience.

So, that begs the question. If I wanted to write a Western, or a series of Westerns, would I need a pen name?

Yes. Yes I would.

But do I want to?

First, I'd have to come up with a pen name.

Okay, so yeah, I've already done that as well. No, I'm not going to tell you what it is. I mean, if I do decide to move forward with this idea, and I'm not sure if I will, then I'll tell you, but until then the cat stays securely in the bag.

But, there's more to just coming up with the name. If you want to try and market any books written under that name, you also have to set up an email account for this person, start an email list, maybe even some sort of social media account. And again, I can barely keep up with all that under my own name, much less a second identity.

All in all, it really sounds like a lot of work.

I'm not adverse to some hard work, but at the same time, I can be rather lazy.

So maybe what I should do is just put the idea for the Western down on paper. Maybe plot it out. Possibly even write the darn thing.

But hey, let's not stop there. If I want to prove to myself that I'm serious, maybe I should write two books.

If I can do all that, then maybe I can do all the rest. After all, it would be silly to even think about all that other stuff before I've even written word one of the book.

This is the sort of stuff I think about a lot. It's no wonder I don't get anything done.

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