It Looks Like Goodbye for Now

I want to start by thanking everyone who’s been with me for what I only just realized was a nearly-two-year-long spree of weekly posts. I really, really appreciate everyone who’s stopped by and all of the support you’ve shown.

The plan was to change the appearance of this site and start posting new, more elaborate content, including videos.

But unfortunately, my leg–which I mentioned breaking back in July of last year–has never healed. There’s been doctor’s appointments and some progress, but because that leg has always been bad, there’s a possibility it’s just given up.

But regardless, doctors are recommending that I go through a series of surgeries to fix that leg. Only, “fix” in this case means, “correct it and hope that it heals.” The timeframe for recovery from those surgeries is a year+, and it has been made clear to me that the end result might be that my leg gets amputated regardless. It might have already been too worn down, and the the entire next year of recovery might be for nothing.

And because of all of that, I am reverting all the way to prep mode. I am focusing entirely on setting up my living space for the recovery period.

And I am also finishing my edit of Memory and sending it out, because I know that if I let it sit now, I’m going to come back to it in 2024 and want to change it. Or not want to work on it at all. Or I possibly won’t want to work on anything anymore; I don’t know.

All I know is that two things might happen here.

  1. I might eventually come back with an announcement that Memory got picked up and I’m hanging in there.
  2. Or I might never come back. Because life hit hard and I had to prioritize other things.

I’m not saying any of this to slather on guilt–I don’t have a Patreon and I’m not asking for donations in any way here.

I’m just being clear about what’s happening. I love having this blog as a place to passively connect with people and put my thoughts out there, but things have gotten too real for me to have this site right now. And things may continue to be so real that I won’t get to keep it.

That said, to everyone who’s ever Liked, Followed, or Commented, thank you so much. The entire time, you were just supporting a writer you didn’t know–a guy with as small of a following as anyone can possibly have, and I appreciate all of you for that so much. You are eternally-graduating-steps of amazing (not just great for supporting a writer, but great for giving emotional support to a stranger, and great for taking a moment to read an aspiring author’s thoughts, etc.). Really, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

I want to keep writing–to add more to this post–but there’s nothing else to say. So I’ll just end it here.

Stay safe, stay hydrated, and don’t let the world stop you.

~Louis Santiago

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I'm a fantasy writer based in New York. One of my short stories, "Aixa the Hexcaster," was published at Mirror Dance Fantasy. You can read it here:

One thought on “It Looks Like Goodbye for Now”

  1. Wishing you the best in the only way I can – that is sending you good thoughts, and hoping you will reconnect with us when the circumstances allow. Remember that simply writing about your life experiences, whether good or bad, is valuable to us in and of itself. It doesn’t matter if there’s nothing about progress with your WIP or an analysis of the latest film you’ve seen (useful though they are.) Simply expressing yourself helps both you and us. Maybe putting your thoughts out there could be a tool for helping you through your impending ordeal? Do what you have to do to get through though – we’ll be rooting for you whatever.

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