When you finish a big project, you’re allowed some downtime. Now that The Sword is in the hands of readers, I’ve been letting myself do nothing. Now it’s time to get the juices flowing again. I’ve got some stuff to write for the next UJ, and I might squeeze out a novella before the year’s … More Break Over. Time for New Work.
“The End”, obviously. I finished The Sword last week. I’ve put feelers out for Readers on my Facebook author page. I have the current draft in a Google Doc. After I’ve gotten some feedback, I’m going to begin the editing process. I can already think of some changes that need to be made. To wit: Some of … More The Most Satisfying Words an Author Ever Writes…
Finished Chapter 14 strong, started 15. Home stretch. A lot of it is already written in my head. Chiefly the dialogue. That’s always the problem I have.
It’s always easier to start something than to finish it. I can sit here right now (I am in fact) and throw down the first few lines of a new project that’s been marinating in my head for a few weeks. Might be a short, night be a novella, might be a whole new novel. … More Slow Progress is Still Progress
The next issue of Unnamed Journal has been set, and we’re just organizing materials. At present, it’s looking like: Two, possibly three chapters of Ulysses & the Fugitive The third Meditation of Caius Caligula A smuggler tale set in the same universe as Chamber of Pain Something lighthearted involving banjos and zombies. Also, the cover’s … More Incoming Unnamed Journal
I am sometimes frustrated by poems that do not say what they mean. Consider this. so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens As an exercise in imagery, it works very nicely. You can see it in your mind. And as an exercise in rhythm, it’s nearly … More Poetry Blather: William Carlos Williams’ Red Wheel Barrow
The most basic structure for a story is the three-act rising-action-to-climax. They teach it in high school. It works because it hits the beats that conform to emotional expectations that people have. But it’s not the only structure that can be. I mentioned earlier this week when I finally got Chapter XII finished that it … More On the Fourth Act