I’m on Timeout (and so is Nuts & Bolts)

Hey guys, Garrett here.

You might have noticed this is the second week in a row that there’s no Nuts & Bolts video on the S&S YouTube channel/blog today. That’s entirely my bad, and a situation Sean wanted to avoid when I first brought the idea of the series to him.

Basically, I’ve worked with Sean for a long time. He knows me. He knows that I am very good at thinking up ideas, and very good at starting them, but have trouble committing and following through.

This isn’t because I become bored with projects. Far from it. Nuts & Bolts is one of my favorite things I do, and the upcoming videos in the series are SO AWESOME—especially learning how to format ebooks, which I know is something people really want.

Still, sometimes even the best ideas have downsides. For most ideas I bring Sean, the downside is that it takes time, and doesn’t provide an immediate return on the time invested. That’s the case with Nuts & Bolts. I want to make it as a tool for the community, but at the same time, there’s the stuff I gotta do to make sure my kids keep eating and can take baths with actual running water.

Sean knew that from the beginning, and he wanted me to make sure I was ready to commit to the series before bringing it to the table. I thought I was. Turned out I wasn’t as ready as I thought I was.

Those things have overwhelmed me for the past couple of weeks, and on top of it there’s been a family emergency that’s taken up extra time, and on top of THAT my best friend is getting married and I’m his groomsman, and…and…and…

Blah blah blah. Probably all much more interesting to me than it is to you.

So basically, Sean’s putting me on timeout—which is absolutely the right call. Once my life calms down again, I’m returning with more Nuts & Bolts—but this time we’re going to do it right, the way Sean wanted to do it from the beginning. I’ll make several videos before the first one goes live, creating a queue of content many weeks long, and then even if something gets hairy in my personal life, it won’t affect the regular publishing schedule.

That’s the way Sterling & Stone has always worked, and the way Sean has been trying to get me to work for a long time now. I’m even more of a squirrel than he is, though, so it’s been a hard road, and his endless patience with me has been nothing short of superhuman.

Nuts & Bolts will return as soon as my family is taken care of, my production is in order, and I’ve created several new videos for its queue. Until then, your patience is much appreciated—as is Sean’s.

About Garrett Robinson

Garrett is a long-time Sterling & Stone buddy and the author of such works as the Nightblade and Realm Keepers series. You can find him on his website, GarrettBRobinson.com, or follow him on Twitter. He also has a Patreon page where you can contribute to all the free art he produces every week, in exchange for free copies of his ebooks.


  1. Hey Garrett, hope the situation improves soon, looking forward to seeing more Nuts & Bolts when you can manage it

  2. No worries, Garrett. How can I complain about you not having time to create free content?

    I mean, I know there are a ton of people that could complain, but I’m just not wired that way.

    You have a family and family comes first. It really is just that simple.

    Thanks for what you’ve done so far, and I’ll be here when you bring us more and love them just as much.

    Peace out and all that crazy jive.

  3. I really appreciate the Nuts & Bolts videos but certainly understand that your family and personal financial situation comes first. No problem here. I’ll look forward to more from you as soon as you have the time.

  4. Blaine Moore says:

    Sorry to hear about the time crunch but definitely understandable.

    You should take the “freebie” and post video #5 – it’s live on YouTube, just doesn’t have a corresponding page here…

    Looking forward to seeing them again. Thanks for the ones you’ve put together so far.

  5. Thanks for the videos you’ve created so far. They’ve been really great!

    Hope you’ll get on top of everything soon.
    Don’t F****** give up (I just heard this advice from a smart guy on YouTube)!

    And have fun with your groomsman duties 🙂

  6. I understand needing to take a break. Life has a way of creeping up and getting in some good punches and leaving you on the creative ropes.
    I suffer from completion anxiety. The closer I get to completing a project, every thing that could go wrong begins to zip through my mind. I slow down and second guess everything I do.
    I’m not sure if you have the same problem, but I get having a hard time completing things.
    I think Sean’s idea for having several in the time machine is best. Knowing Sean, he wants a consistent and on time output. I’m currently doing the same thing for my blog for 2015.
    I really appreciate this video series and I can’t wait until you can get back to it!

  7. Dear Garrett,

    I’ve already forgiven you for not publishing the next Non-Zombie book so I’m okay with this. 😀

    Besides, I’m on your side Charlie Brown. It’s been amazing watching you chase after these clowns (Stooges?) with pen in hand since the early SPP days. You’re a great writer too and a huge inspiration, so hang in there buddy.

    I’ll be waiting…


    Adam – The Platinum Stoner

  8. Just wanted to say that we appreciated all that you did so far and no worries. Right the ship and after giving yourself a breath to decompress evaluate if you’d like to pick these up again.
    Whatever you decide, the videos you made were great and helpful. Thanks.

  9. Steve Price says:

    A brave post. Very candid. The only way to be in the circumstances, I guess. Your health and your family’s well being must take precedence.

    Your videos have opened my eyes wider on a tool, Scrivener, where I was skating on its surface. I’m looking forward to learning more about its 3rd dimension. I’d happily pay for the information you are providing.

    I look forward to the rest of the series whenever it comes.

    Good luck,


  10. Are we there yet?

  11. Tap Tap… Is this thing on?!

  12. Dude, where’s my Gar(rett)?

  13. Trying to be helpful when I say: Maybe you (Garrett) need a sidekick, like the way S&S have the three of them to tag-team things. 😉

  14. Wish these would come back… They kind of left me on a cliff hanger
    Please come back…

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