Project Update

Hey,

Been a little while since I did any sort of update on my book, but I’m essentially finished. After three drafts (four if you count this short one) I’ve ended up with this final draft, which as of now is as good as I myself can make it.

To that end, I’ve drafted the aid of some good acquaintances I’ve met through my writing, and several of them are perusing my manuscript these days. I believe one of them has a Masters in creative writing? So I’m hoping for some good feedback. Included potential query letters.

Tbh, I don’t find query letters to be that difficult. A synopsis on the other hand. That I don’t like, and after considerable time lately checking out agents, I dread the ones that want a synopsis. Like, that’s something I’d want your guide and wisdom on when we get there, lovely agent of mine.

Anyway, one of the other thing I’m doing is a novel swap. I’m having my manuscript looked over, while I go through this other writer’s work. And I choose to do this with this person in particular because they have this really, fun, goofy story with lots of humor in it, some of it similar to my own, which makes it all the more easier to go through and ‘get’.

In short, it’s a novel about a ‘Chosen One’, though it’s flipped on it’s head and the Chosen One is actually an 83-year old grandma who likes knitting and cats, and can’t wait for an opportunity to leave the retirement facility. I like it so far. Hopefully it has demons. I know there’s dragons to come.

Guess that’s it. Here’s a pic of me and Stine. We’re totally cute:

The Star

After rewatching the Linkin Park event honoring the life of Chester Bennington again last night, I found myself eternally thankful for the unwavering courage, skill and compassion Mike Shinoda has shown during all this, already so painful and close to home for the man, and in the late hours, before I drifted off to sleep in bed, I wrote this down on my phone.

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The Star

When things break down,

from weariness and rust.

It’s the shiniest cog in the machine,

that’s left to gather up the dust.

 

But all things get their due.

Labyrinth

These days I’m currently hard at work going through my third draft, yet I still thought I should start posting some smaller pieces on the blog, starting with this recent one. I’m no poet, and poetry confuddles me a lot more often than it gets to me, but sometimes I feel it, and I’ll write something, no matter the result.

Labyrinth

At some point I became the Minotaur in my own story,

and reality flickered around me, creating walls that weren’t there,

voices that would not cease, and I the siren amidst it all, calling out,

from within the veritable darkness of my mind, at the center of the labyrinth.

Won’t you come slay me?

Book Haul

As you might expect, I love books. Perhaps even more so, I love the smell of new books. To the point that I honestly wish it was a cologne. It’s evigorating. Almost..sexual, actually I should reel this in right about now…

Anyway, over the years I’ve developed this mindset that I should try to write, just anything, even when I’m not really writing for any of my projects or just generally ‘working’. As I kind of am not doing right now. I’ve written on other stuff periodically, yet at the moment I’m hip deep in editing AA. As such, whenever I write anything, be it blog posts, grocery list, reviews, I feel better. Like I’ve done some writing stuff.

As such, one of the things I could add to the blogging are my book hauls. Despite not finding time to read them all, I do get a lot of books (and we need more shelves) and I often get them in clusters.

So here’s my most recent purchases:

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Summer & Books <3

Heyo,

So, hopefully we’ll be back to working the blog more regularly again. For my part, I might be having at least a little more free time ahead, and summer is about to wave goodbye. Thankfully. Though it’s still too hot.

Anyway, for lack of better topics to return with, I’ll go over some books I’ve read this summer? Yeah, let’s do that. I have been writing too though. Just not as much, seeing as I’m mainly focusing on editing and working up to a rewrite for a final draft of AA. For reasons unknown I began writing a sci-fi piece concerning androids in the apocalypse.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Another update

Heyo,

Yeah, the blog isn’t really updated that often these days. In my defence it’s summer, and while that may mean ‘oh right, right, they’re on vacation, goofing off, having splash-splashy water fun good times’ to a lot of people, then…no. Just, no.

Summer means everyone I work with is on vacation and I work a whole bunch and I miight do a week off in August. Yeah, August. So there’s very little time. Pheobe does has three weeks off soon though, so that’s good. And she’s been working on some really interesting pieces lately, so I hope she’s able to finish them soon.

So, yeah. I’m tired. I’m also hot, and I don’t really want to head out to work in an hour, but I guess the world dictates I have to in order to make a living.

Anyway, there is good stuff too. Like, despite all this work, and various other stuff that has managed to take up all my time, I’ve actually been writing too! In fact, pretty much all my free time has been spent on it, which does please me somehow, that I choose to do that with my limited free time. Maybe I could do this author thing. I don’t know, but I feel good about writing lately.

In fact, as of last night, I have finished the first draft of my manuscript. It clocks in at roughly 116k, which is a lot more than I’d want it to be, so I’m anticipating a hefty, rigorous editing process. So I have that too look forward to.

Eh, I’ve always thought I should at least put out the first chapter on the blog, and I guess I’ll do that sooner or later. I’m just so tired these days, and the heat doesn’t help. If it isn’t tinkering with the project then I’m slow to get around to it, even the blog.

I’ll get on that soon. All in all, the first two chapters are mostly polished and ready as I want them. If anything, there’s only references, smoothing and streamlining to do within them.

Have a good day, folks!

The rodents are restless tonight

There’s a saying in my family, though, well, I am probably the only one using it, so ‘family’ is a stretch, but it sounds better than, ‘Oh, I have a saying, it goes…something something wise sage’.

It goes; “The beavers are restless tonight.” And it means that things are amiss, and you should be on your guard. Especially for rodents, if you live in the city.

This is all just bull. Tho I do use the above line now and then. Mostly in my writing. I do have more rodents though. Told ya’ll they’d crop up everywhere.

This one’s snoozing atop a stack of books. RUDE
This one’s inside a candy jar! THAT’S MY CANDY!

Anyway, writing is still good. I actually passed 100k (103 now but who’s counting) not too long ago. That felt like quite the landmark. In fact, one of the plot lines I began WAY at the start of the book now came back full circle just as I imagined it. Overjoyed at that and how it turned out. Proud even.

So yeah, watch out for them rodents.

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A Project Update

That title makes me feel like I’m about to put on a powerpoint presentation for the yearly fiscal earnings of some low level paperclip packaging company. Thankfully I’m not though. And hopefully this’ll be somewhat more interesting.

And, well, writing’s been easier lately. There was some times last fall when I was able to produce 10k of writing in a week. Good writing, that I liked. I’m not there again now, but I’m in the vicinity of it. So that’s really good.

A few days ago I had the goal of crossing 90k into my first draft. Suddenly I was sitting at almost 95k. It felt good. And it was writing I liked, that I could really get behind.

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American Gods

So American Gods is surely everywhere these days. Why, it’s even on the blog!

We began watching the Television series a few days ago, and it’s pretty good. I honestly can’t say if it does the book justice anymore, cause I read it back when I first got into reading, which was around 2007. (Yes, I was seventeen, real late bloomer)

Phoebe loves everything Gaiman, and actually, now that I think of it, she has shoes she’s painted with art from Gaiman’s Sandman series that she should post. Anyway, she’s onboard with the series as well. Really good, despite the Bilquis (had to look up this) parts being very…um, graphic.

Can’t wait for Crispin Glover to show up, cause he’s just perfectly cast. And Jeremy Davies even shows up as Jesus? Heck yeah! Love that guy. Ian McShane is also excellent as Mr. Wednesday. I originally pictured Harvey Keitel in this role, so this is a good fit.

The reason for this post, however, is because I felt the need to share something. During another trip to my local Outland store, I saw a book that caught my eye. Upon further inspection, I found it to be American Gods, a book I’ve read, and that Pheeb and I both have a version of already, yet I still bought it. Why?

Because it looks fricken’ awesome! Look at it!

I want to stress the fact that this is probably one of the coolest book covers I’ve seen. It’s so retro and striking. It looks as one of those books you’d randomly come across in your local library in the 80s.

It’s medium small, paperback format, which honestly feels like the perfect fit for it. The title is embossed, and the colors are even more vivid in person. You could argue that this picture doesn’t really do it justice, but I like to keep the format of photographing things beside my cool dragon orb lamp.

The spine and back is equally awesome, continuing with the retro theme and appearance.

Hard to tell here, but the back and spine are also grainy, I love it so much. Definitely my favorite cover, for my favorite Gaiman novel. (wait, have I read more than one Gaiman novel? Uuuuh, I don’t think so Pheebs will be so disappoint)

Did some research and found that Gaiman got this version out due to him and his editor feeling that book covers these days were so boring, and the lack of effors going into them. As such, they brought in a guy called Robert McGinnis who is an old-timer book cover designer who went on to design this one. Ace move, cause it looks awesome. Props to you, man.

He’s also done work on some other Gaiman books! Their due out soon. Those books are Anansi Boys, Stardust, and Neverwhere. They look good, but not close to this one in my opinion. Stardust is my fave of these though.

You can check them out here: http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2016/09/its-ashs-first-birthday-bare-chin-is.html

Turns out he also has a cute son called Ash. Learned something new today too, thanks Neil’s blog!

Alright, I guess I’ve been gushing over this book cover for too long.

 

 

Book Cover!

Or, I should rather say, interim book cover. Yes, one of the chief things I went forth and did after I could not get my story out of my head, was to create a mock up of the cover which I instantly found planted in my head one morning. As opposed to the title, which forced me out of bed in the middle of the night to scribble it down.

I’m hoping it comes across as intriguing and interesting as I found it when it entered my brain. Hanging beside my writing desk, it’s a constant reminder of what I’m trying to do, and moreover, a reminder to myself that I have this thing to work on, so maybe stop reading up on old Wikipedia entries on the varies titles of Kim Jong-il, and get to work on that instead? He had a lot of titles though. Like, far more than his son. (Honestly, it is my belief that if some higher up politician, maybe Trump, he seems like a good bet, went ahead and called him ‘Bubba’, it might actually stick cause it’s very applicable)

See? I just looked over to the wall beside me, and behold, the cover is telling me to stop procrastinating and just get on with it already. Anyway, here it is, though of it is of course subject to change:

This version also has the title slapped on there. Not perfect, but I love the color.

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